Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher, has urged Benue people to believe in one Nigeria inspite of the security challenge being witnessed in the state.
Hagher stated this on Friday at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp, Abagena in Makurdi Local Government Area (LGA), Benue, where he celebrated his 68th birthday.
He said that it would be foolhardy for people to think of pulling out of Nigeria and start demanding for the creation of their country or republic due to recent happenings in the country.
He said that inspite of the diverse nature of the country; all the tribes and communities had a lot of things which linked them to each other.
“No politician should deceive them into indulging in acts that are capable of causing disaffection and disunity among them, to score cheap political points.
“The time has come to put an end to religious and tribal politics and work together as a people to move the country forward,” he said.
Amb. Chive Kaave, who was also in attendance, commended Hagher for celebrating his birthday with the IDPs, stating that such a gesture would go a long way to give them hope and a sense of belonging.
Earlier, the Camp Manager, Mr James Iorkyaa, said that they were overwhelmed with the show of love exhibited by such a high personality like Hagher, who instead of celebrating his birthday with the powerful in the society decided to celebrate with them.
Dr Richard Asema, also commended Hagher and prayed God to give him many more years to continue to put smiles on the faces of the downtrodden, dejected, oppressed and less privileged.
Hagher served in an executive capacity in the Nigerian Government as Minister of State, Power, and Steel and as Minister of State for the Health. He was Nigerian’s ambassador to Mexico 2004-2007 and Canada 2008-2012.