By Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE: Director of Research Government House Jos, Prof. John Wade, has described the recent attacks and killing in Plateau state during the President Muhammadu Buhari visit as unfortunate, when government was doing everything possible to curtail the killings.
Prof. Wade was speaking to journalists in Jos, while reacting to allegations made during the President’s visit, saying, the state government would soon boost the security with the modern gadgets to reduce rampant attacks in the state.
He posited that arrangement has been put in place to guarantee safety of lives and property of the citizens of the state.
He also debunked all allegations that the restrictions of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the Northern parts do not link to security reports but for government to present its score cards of 3 years of Governor Lalong administration.
The Director-General noted thus: “I think the conception by individuals that the President refused coming was faulty,” and appealed to the people of Jos North to see that the President came on official visit to the state and not specifically to Jos North.
Said Wade, “The President was not billed to commission but to inspect roads cut across the three senatorial districts in two days,” adding that, “the visit was restricted to Jos metropolis, which he didn’t go beyond the northern zone as the governor presented reports card of years, which contain rich compendium of achievement.
He condemned the allegations that there were suspected Boko Haram in Jos and its environs, purporting that, that is why he (Mr President) refused to go to Jos North, adding that majority of their supporters feel bad; it was not deliberate but rather due to request with regards to so many projects billed for commissioning, which made him not go round.
The D-G also condemned those statements criticizing that they only handpicked few loyalists to speak during the Town Hall meeting; that, this was not true in democratic dispensation. “Whatever you do, people will still criticize your action, and people are entitled to their opinion,” he said.
Prof. Wade, however, explained that those, who spoke, presented the reports on Plateau, including some of the greatest challenges between farmers and herdsmen clashes to the president, to which effect they all drew his attention.
He noted that one of the issues presented was the (re)naming of a Road to ‘President Muhammadu Buhari Way,’ saying, the minister should follow all the streets naming before writing on Facebook; the governor was very clear he laid down issues of Plateau people to the federal government.
Prof. Wade maintained that “We could not stay a whole night; we identified different groups, namely, the Women Society Organization, CAN, PYC, Elders and National Assembly. They know their politician and challenges of each group that was presented.”
According to Wade, the Elders in state have their issue presented to the President; they were all recognized, and the youth spoke through their leadership. Sometimes when talking, you should not go and keep attacking; it’s not true in any democratic society.”
He pleaded that “We have to be very careful; the situation that happened in the past – General John Nanzip Shagaya is very dear to the state; the government has come to express its sympathy by opening condolence register in Government House where people troupe in to sympathize with government, family and the Tarok Nation.
He stated that, the state government is going to give Shagaya a state burial,which takes place on the 16 March, 2018 (Friday), for his contribution to Plateau and Nigeria. Also, Mr President sent his sympathy.