By: Valentine Adese, Agnes Nendima and Kevin D. Gaji,
Hon. Yakubu Dati, a former Local Government Chairman and former Commissioner of Information Plateau State, has commended the people of Plateau State, especially, the state Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, for maintaining peace in the state during and after the clash with respect to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Jos North Local Government Area and environs on 14th September, 2017.
Hon. Yakubu, gave this commendation during a telephone interview with REALITY this morning.
According to him, “the step the Governor took, which was the declaration of curfew in the affect area, saved lives and properties and it further goes to show that the Governor is in tune with the issues of the state on ethnic, politically and religious angles and this is commendable.
It is better to save life and err on the side of caution like the Governor did. I so submit!
As a way forward, the governor should begin to share his experience with people especially neighbouring state governors. You know for a fact that despite all that is happening in the country, Plateau is still the most peaceful state.
You know, the Governor has constantly been referred to as a “man of peace”. I will therefore advise him to keep to that track!
I commend the people of the state also for showing the resolve for peace despite the ugly happenings.
Let’s not forget that, Plateau is the first state to establish an Agency for Peace and it is credited to this incumbent administration in the state, being led by Governor Lalong that is aimed at identifying soft spots, early warning and tackling them.
To the people of Plateau, I would advise that they should know that, the price of peace cannot be compared to crisis and that Plateau has witnessed enough crises. So, we should continue to see each other as brothers and sister, beyond religious and ethnic backgrounds.