Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State on Friday lamented that he had already buried too many commissioners and prayed God not to allow him face such situation again.
The governor stated this at Tse-Chia in Buruku, Buruku Local Government Area of the state when the state Commissioner for Rural Development and Cooperative, Mr. Aondowase Chia, who died last week, was laid to rest.
Chia had reportedly slumped in his office shortly after defending his ministry’s 2015 budget before the State House of Assembly. He was rushed to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi, where he later died at the age of 46.
Gov. Suswam was on a trip abroad when the incident occurred.
Suswam said, “I’ve buried too many commissioners; I am very uncomfortable and I completely align myself with what His Royal Majesty earlier said that we must all go back to God”.
The governor lamented that people were busy hiring political thugs to foment trouble during the general elections rather than soberly reflecting on the essence of human life.
“Most people believe that they will hire political thugs to kill; unfortunately, they forget the fact that life is full of emptiness. God alone determines the destiny of every man”, he noted.
Suswam believed his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, remained the most peaceful party, adding that people should not view elections as a do-or-die affair.
The late Chia is survived by his wife and eight children.