Nasarawa State Governor, Engr Abdullahi Sule, has vowed to overcome all security challenges and bring about the needed development to every nook and cranny of the state.
The Governor made this known when he hosted traditional rulers from across the State, who came to pay him Sallah homage, at the Government House, on Monday.
According to him, the State is beginning to enjoy goodwill from across the country as exemplified by the recent listings of Nasarawa State among the top four states in the federation to attract investments, as well as one of the 22 states known for their transparency and accountability, with a special package earmarked for the State.
“With all the goodwill coming to us, we cannot allow our State to be distracted, not by any kinds of rumours, insecurity or any individual, not matter how highly placed.
“We won’t be distracted, we will remain focused, otherwise we will not achieve our development agenda,” the Governor stated.
He emphasized that his administration would not be distracted but that it would continue on the path of development, irrespective of the prevailing security challenges.
He equally used the opportunity to commend President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the heads of security agencies, for supporting the state whenever necessary.
Engineer Sule further commended the traditional rulers for their prayers and their continued support, not only to the previous administration but also to the present administration.
The Governor expressed gratitude to the royal fathers for their support to the government in the face of the COVID-19 challenge.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Emir of Lafia and Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs, HRH Justice Sidi Bage (rtd), decried the recent murder of the traditional ruler, calling on the Governor not to be distracted by the security challenge.
“There is no doubt, there is a lot of distractions. Some people who decided to remain on the side of evil, continue to constitute distractions to the good work that you are doing to the people of the state.
“On behalf of all of us seated here, we want to let you know, that no matter how much they think they will constitute an obstacle, they will not distract you,” Justice Bage stated.
The royal father blamed people from outside the state for instigating the violence supported by some unpatriotic indigenes.
He pledged total support from the traditional council to enable the state government succeed in addressing the security challenges confronting the State.