According to Senator George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), certain people in his home state wanted him dead and wanted him to fail, but God kept him alive so he might have an impact on humanity.
He claimed he had no heart to hold grudges but has always wished everyone well, even the those who wanted him dead.
Speaking on the weekend, Senator Akume welcomed visitors from the Mbatiav Community of Gboko Local Government Area, LGA, to his Makurdi home as a sign of solidarity.
He advised everyone to adopt a genuine attitude of forgiveness, noting that his ability to forgive even in the face of treachery had been crucial to his success in all of his undertakings.
“Some wished me dead, but God kept me to impact humanity,” he said. Because of this, I am able to forgive readily, and God is also able to pardon my shortcomings.
He thanked the Mbatiav people for their unwavering support of his political career and urged them to continue their kindness so that it would not go unappreciated.
Senator Akume also urged them to “continue to pray for President Bola Tinubu in his determination to eradicate poverty in the country and make life better for all Nigerians because that is his number one priority.”
Earlier, leader fo the delegation and Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Mr. Aondona Dajoh, prayed God to grant Senator Akume good health to discharge his duties as SGF creditably.
The traditional ruler of the community, Mue Ter Gbemacha, Chief Ijiir Tarzoho, commended President Tinubu for appointing Senator Akume as the SGF, describing him as a competent, dependable and reliable hand.
Senator Akume’s good services were also acknowledged by Chief Tarzoho, especially his facilitation of his subjects’ appointments to various positions.
The father of the royal family pleaded with him to help set up a cement factory in Mbatiav, emphasising that his territory is rich in raw materials for making cement.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman in Gboko Local Government Area, Basil Yina, praised Senator Akume for his exceptional leadership abilities, claiming that they have promoted harmony among the local political parties.