Christiana Gokyo, Jos
JOS – Plateau Govt has asserted that violent conflicts, which have so far claimed lives and property in the state since 2001, have been a ‘sad commentary’ on the once “Home of Peace and Tourism.”
The state governor, Simon Lalong, disclosed this, while launching the Garden of Forgiveness and Peace in Jos, regretted that relationships have been severed and development ‘negatively’ affected by the conflicts.
The governor stated that, “Although, we lack capacity to right the numerous wrongs, we can chart a new path and rewrite our narrative as peace, and this is what we have set to do today (Forgiveness Day).”
He therefore apologized for women, children, troops and foreigners killed during any of the violent conflicts in the state.
He assured that, “As Governor and Chief Executive of the state, I stand on behalf of the good people of the state to ask for forgiveness from every child that has lost their parents in our intolerance of each other.
“We ask for the forgiveness of parents, who have lost their children in this ugly introduction that smeared our history as people of peace.
“We ask for the forgiveness of every man that lost his wife when we migrated ingloriously from our humanity to inhumanity.
“We ask for the forgiveness of every woman that lost her husband in the course of our madness, which is better forgotten than remembered.
“We also ask for the forgiveness of all, who have lost their relatives (brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins, and nieces), while this negative side of our history lasted.
“To all ethnic nationalities and communities of Plateau state, who were affected, we say we are sorry, and ask for your forgiveness.
We are also not oblivious of the fact that some foreigners, who came to our state with good intentions, may have been affected one way or the other during these years of bloodletting, and we say we are sorry, and ask for your forgiveness.
To all those, who may have lost their properties and their movements in lives reversed, we say we are sorry, and ask for your forgiveness.
“To security agencies, who lost their personnel during this period, we are sorry, and ask for your forgiveness; and to all those, who are not mentioned above but, nevertheless, were victims, we say we are sorry,” he pleaded.