by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Members of ‘Progressives Governors Forum’ have visited Governor Simon Bako Lalong at the Government House Rayfield, Jos, to commiserate with the Government and people of Plateau State over the recent attacks in the State, which led to the destruction of lives and property.
Led by its chairman, Governor Atiku Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State, the forum expressed “deep sadness” over the recent attacks in the State that claimed lives and led to destruction of property.
According to Governor Bagudu, the attacks in Bassa and Riyom local government areas as well as the killing of travellers on Rukuba Road in Jos North, who were returning from a religious programme in Bauchi, are totally unacceptable and highly condemnable.
He said the criminal actions are clearly aimed at rubbishing the efforts and achievements of Governor Lalong in restoring peace in the State.
He commended the people of Plateau State and other Nigerians of goodwill, particularly Sheik Dahiru Bauchi, who rose up to speak against the ugly development of attacking innocent travellers, and called for calm and a stop to narratives that could have led to a serious breakdown of law and order, since some people were already inflaming religious passions that were attached to the incident.
He sympathized with victims of the attacks and also announced a donation of 30 million naira from the APC Governors towards alleviating the suffering of the victims.
Responding, Governor Lalong appreciated the visit of the Progressive Governors, describing it as “a huge source of encouragement during this trying moment for the State.”
He told the delegation that the situation is calm and still being monitored, as he went round earlier this Monday to see those injured in various hospitals and also monitor the compliance to the curfew, which was imposed to curtail the situation.
He also appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention, which has seen more reinforcement of police and other security agencies to tackle the incident that is threatening to bring back the dark days that have been gradually fading.
He assured his colleagues that the State will soon put this incident behind it, as the criminals are being fished out for prosecution. He also said wide consultations are being carried out to calm nerves and ensure that there is no repeat of such attacks.