A smile had been put on the faces of six (6) out of 46 prison inmates in Plateau state as they were granted a state pardon. One got unconditional release, while 5 others on death sentence were committed to life sentence.
Granting the pardon, on Monday, by the Plateau State governor, Barr. Simon Lalong, in his broadcast to the people of the state, the governor said the pardon was done following the power conferred on him as the governor in Section 212 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended.
He called on all politicians, irrespective of their differences, to work as one and build plateau together and not to run each other down but to join hands in building a new plateau.
Barr Lalong also called on them to embrace the ideals of history and legacy. “What you set in motion is your legacy, as no mortal can live forever; and it’s not living something for people, but leaving something in people.
“If we must secure future, certain sacrifices must be made to meet the basic needs of the people, by consolidating on good governance process for the development and peaceful coexistence.”
He said, “the task ahead of us does not require half measures; it does not require the harbouring of grudges, or emphasis on our diversities. We must meet at the point of reconciliation; the unity of plateau state cannot be compromised.”
The governor maintained that this goal has sustained policy initiatives and implementation of decisions that have impacted on the people’s morals, well-being and confidence.
He said, strategic on proactive approach and return of peace, which has ensured mutual trust, promoted series of carnivals, trade fairs, sporting activities and revitalized some moribund industries – like social services sectors, health, education, agriculture, youth, sports and information dissemination, amongst others – have been repositioned and are producing results.