Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, seem to have risen to put his life on the line for the people he is governing, over the unending killings in his state.
The Governor was quoted in a government press statement, signed by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Hon. Yakubu Dati that the Governor has reiterated that he would not rest until the state is secured.
“I will not rest until the state is secured” Governor Lalong was quoted to have reiterated.
You would recall that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a press release dated 9th March, 2018, signed by the party’s State Publicity Secretary, Hon. John Akans, had berated the state Governor for what it termed, “Misstep and the unbelievable.”
That PDP in the press statement, had stated that President Muhammadu Buhari though came to Plateau state, saw but, left the state in its trauma and did not in any way stop the killings in the state despite his presence.
In part, the PDP stated that:
“Nigeria's President came to Plateau, saw - and left a state in its trauma. He got the hospitality of the people, but he did not in any way acknowledge their bloody encounters in the hands of determined and unstoppable killers.
“Mr. President and Commander In-chief even got a road named after him but, in an unbelievable fashion, he gave not a single word of sympathy to a grieving state, bloodied by unprovoked attacks on communities by herdsmen in Bokkos and Bassa Local Goveenment Areas for the two days of his visit.
“But if the visitor chose to ignore the agony of Plateau in the hands of marauding herdsmen, should Governor Lalong have failed to comfort the very people who elected him?
“We are disappointed at this nonchalance by both Mr. President and Governor Lalong. Out of the depths of pain and sorrow, our hearts cry out for peace and justice on the Plateau.”
However, in a different development on the issue, the Plateau State Government has given marching orders to the security agents operating in the state to immediately arrest and prosecute the criminals that perpetrated the killings of a couple of persons in Bassa and Bokkos Local Government Areas of the state.
The Plateau State Government release signed by the Commissioner for Information, Hon. Dati, stated that, “The Governor, Barr Simon BakoLalong was live on NTA Network News on Saturday at 9pm and has stated that, the state will not condone the activities of hoodlums who take advantage of conflicts among citizens to perpetrate killings and destruction of property in the name of ethnic crisis.”
Adding that, “Governor Lalong believes that our differences are better resolved by sitting together to address our differences rather than taking arms against one another.
“He warned that the state will not fold its arms and watch the enemies of Plateau take us back to the dark old days when citizens distrust one another, adding that we must emphasize on the great values that unite us as a people.”
While condoling with the families that lost their loved ones in the reported attacks, the Governor was quoted as assuring that, urgent steps are being taken in collaboration with the security agents to get to the roots of the problem, and to avoid the repeat of the ugly incident.
“He also urged citizen not to take the laws in their hands, but to be vigilant and report the activities of the criminals to the security agents for proactive actions.” The statement further added.