The Oasis Reporters
August 30, 2021
By Asile Abel, Jos
Smarting from the ultimatum issued to Plateau State governor, Simon Bako Lalong to address the security challenges facing the north central state or face a notice of impeachment, Jos East APC Elders have called on the people of Plateau and Nigerians in general to have faith and continue to support the administration of Governor Simon Bako Lalong in its quest to find lasting solutions to the current security challenges bedevilling the state.
The elders frowned at some politicians who are using the situation to mislead Plateau citizens and Nigerians. The elders stated this while responding to questions from the media during a press conference.
The Elders also frowned at those who are distracting the governor who they say is working vigorously to restore peace in the state, saying they are not patriotic and sincere because the security challenges are not only affecting Plateau state but that security challenges are occurring across several states in the country including the President’s home state.
They lamented that while in the other affected states, the stakeholders are putting their heads together and proferring solutions to the lingering crisis, but in Plateau state, the case is sadly different as some people are politicizing the crisis and are blaming the Governor who is working assiduously to return peace to the state.
They recalled that Dariye was impeached and yet it did not solve the problems as killings continued all through the Governor Jonah Jang administration.
The elders said they have confidence that Governor Lalong has the wisdom and the competence to address the situation as he has done for the past six years and he’s not leaving any stone unturned to overcome the current challenges, therefore what “he needs at this time are prayers and support, not condemnation”.
They cautioned the members of the Plateau State House of Assembly not to go against the will of the people, saying what the state needs now is to let all the arms of government come together to find a way of addressing the situation.
The press conference was attended by several elders; prominent among them were Prof Yohanna Izang, Vice-Chancellor Plateau State University, Bokkos, Ambassador Kase Ibrahim, Hon. Rebecca Sambo, Hon. Luka Madaki, former Commissioner, Hon Simon Itse Madaki, Chairman APC stakeholder’s Forum, Elder Agwom Nyam, Chairman Ezere Elders Forum, Hon Sanda Agwom former Jos East Council Chairman.