Gov. Alia warns predecessors to refrain from unsolicited interference

Benue State Governor Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia has warned his predecessors to stop interfering in his administration.

Governor Alia gave the warning while briefing journalists on his return from USA on Friday in Makurdi, saying he will not allow them to distract and destabilize his administration.

“I can’t allow anyone whether a former governor or civil servant. If you are a former governor and you have nothing to contribute to Benue, shut up.

“You had your term you went through it, allow the administration to work.

“You did your part, and If you are in the state, know exactly what you are saying. Criticisms are welcomed but verify your facts

“If you have served your tenure, you cannot stay by the side and destabilize this government,” he said.

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He explained that he was invited by USA Peace Institute along with nine Governors from Northern Nigeria to chat a way forward on insecurity confronting them.

“10 Governors were there and a number of things were considered for implementation. Amongst them is how to get back our displaced persons home which is paramount to me.

“I have been away in the last eight days to sell the image of the state and clear it’s battered image.

“In the past, Benue wasn’t even at the national radar. It’s going to be a place where other states will come to learn, emulate and take back to their states.

“Farmers are getting back to farm in Gwer West, Gwer East, Guma, and Makurdi among others are enjoying relative peace.

“Those of us at the home front, must do our best. Each person is a security personnel and it must go beyond seeing something and saying something.

“Don’t let anybody buy you off to sell your people don’t let anyone cow you to sell off your land.

“Cooperate with security apparatus to give us their best. The uniform people are here with us and for us. If someone wants to use you to steal cows or to cause mischief, tell them to bring back their children to take part or to be at the front,” Alia said.

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