Conflicts threatening the unity of Nigeria can be resolved when elder statesmen provide creative solutions to assist government, Plateau State governor, Jonah Jang has declared.
The governor spoke in Jos at the weekend while receiving the first civilian governor of the state, Chief Solomon Lar, was in his office to condole him over the July 7 and 8 attacks which led to loss of many lives in Riyom and Barkin Ladi local government councils.
He described the visit as an example of the great love and concern Lar ha for the wellbeing of the citizens of the state, stressing that everything is being done for the return of sustainable peaceful co-existence in the state and called on all stakeholders to make relevant contributions.
According to the governor, “I am also determined that peace must return to Plateau State fully before I complete my tenure of service. And we are doing everything possible, talking to the people, pleading with the people to be more tolerant of the happenings and I think this is a matter that talking, talking will not solve. It is action that needs to be taken to resolve this matter once and for all. There is nobody that is above his nation. Nobody sir. We have seen former presidents in other nations that have been brought to trials on their misdemeanours and punished.
“And yet ordinary citizens of this country say all kinds of things and nothing happens to them and they walk on the streets as untouchables. This is totally unbecoming of any civilised society. I pray that God will still keep you an elderstatesman like you alive so that you will be able to tell the powers-that-be in Abuja that it is time for them to act and save this nation.”
Lar had earlier said that he received news of the recent unrest in parts of the state which led to the death of Senator Gyang Dantong and the Majority Leader in the State House of Assembly, Gyang Fulani with sadness.