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Caleb Muftwang’s Largesse To The Condemned On Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Anniversary


The Oasis Reporters

October 1, 2023


Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang, governor, Plateau State.


Happy Independence Day.


It is with utmost pleasure and humility that I write to you on this special day, which marks Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Anniversary.

With profound gratitude to the Almighty God, we come together on this special day to reflect on our past, celebrate our present achievements, and collectively envision a brighter future for our beloved nation. On this day, we must express appreciation to our founding fathers for their great sacrifices and the patriotism they demonstrated on our journey to Independence.



The 2023 independence Anniversary letter is even more special for me, being my first, since you gave me the privilege of serving as your Governor. Once again, thank you Plateau for your collective decision to entrust me with the leadership of our dear State at this crucial time in our history.


As I reflect on the massive support my team and I received in the lead up to our elections, as well as the vivacious and rigorous celebrations that greeted our victorious emergence, I recall with nostalgia the Spirit and Mood of the 1960 and the immediate years that followed.



Indeed, the joyful expressions of our people and jubilations on our streets depict a deep desire for freedom from the myriads of challenges that bedevil us and threaten our common existence and development.



Let me use this historic day to reaffirm my commitment towards fulfilling the social contract I have signed with you when I took the oath of office. My passion and dedication, to enhance peace, security, and entrench good governance for the betterment of our citizens, remains unwavering.


My dear citizens, on this historic day, I want to urge us to strengthen our resolve to forge a common front, set aside our differences and strive towards building a Nigeria that realises the dreams of our founding fathers. This is a duty we must uphold. Together, we can build an inclusive society where every Nigerian, regardless of background, gender, ethnicity or religion, gain access to equal opportunities for growth and development. Equity, justice, and fairness will continue to be our watchwords.



Let me also use this medium to express my heartfelt sympathy to the victims of the recent flood disaster in Jos North Local Government Area. While the government seeks to explore a lasting solution to this environmental disaster, I have directed the Plateau State Emergency Management Agency to mobilise and coordinate relief efforts that will provide succour to victims.


Our sympathies also go to several families who lost their beloved ones especially through criminal activities. We shall ensure that the perpetrators of such crimes are brought to book. We are also taking steps to curb the increasing incidences of kidnapping across the state.


At this point, permit me to restate that our struggle for independence and democracy has not been without its challenges, however, these challenges also serve as a testament to our resilience and determination as a people.



Our diverse cultural heritage, combined with our unity of purpose propels us toward a democratic society that represents the interests of all Nigerians.


For Plateau State, we have embraced the ‘The Time is Now’ mantra as a deliberate effort to revisit the Plateau Transformation Plan as envisioned by our founding fathers. We will not rest on our oars until Plateau state is repositioned for Peace and Prosperity.



My team and I are resolute in our determination to give Plateau State a fresh start. We must rebuild the foundations that have been gradually eroded and chart a new way going forward. This is a solemn commitment and you can count on us.



On this remarkable day, it is my pleasure to exercise my Prerogative of Mercy as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Having reviewed the recommendations of the Council on Prerogative of Mercy I hereby approve as follows:

1. Danladi Musa who was sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Culpable Homicide and having served 17 years is granted Absolute Pardoned.

2. Tali Zingtim who was sentenced to Death by Hanging for criminal Conspiracy and Armed Robbery will serve 21 years Imprisonment.

3. Ponzing Nanshep who was sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Criminal Conspiracy and Culpable Homicide will serve 21 years Imprisonment.

4. Dauda Joshua who was sentenced to Death by Hanging for Culpable Homicide and will serve Life Imprisonment.

In conclusion, on behalf of my wife, the First Lady of Plateau State, The Deputy Governor and the entire team, I wish to thank every citizen for the immense support we have enjoyed since assumption to office.


I enjoin you to keep faith with us and remain positive that we shall make good our promises. By God’s grace we will.


I wish you a Happy and Hope Inspiring Independence celebration and be rest assured that we are committed to the Peace and Prosperity of our land. Once again, welcome to a new dispensation and welcome to a new Plateau.


To watch my full broadcast, click on any of the social links below. The Broadcast Video is uploaded on all platforms.


Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Long live Plateau State.

Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang
Governor, Plateau State

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