by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE – Former Governor of Plateau State and former Senator representing Plateau Central at the National Assembly, Sen. Joshua C. Dariye, was welcomed by thousands of well-meaning citizens of Plateau State on Wednesday as he returned home.
His return home was following the pardon by President Muhammadu Buhari. He was released along with Jolly Nyame of Taraba State. Joshua Dariye had been in prison for more than 11 years, for allegation of money laundering. He appreciated the President for granting him pardon.
While addressing the crowd at Langfiled, Little Rayfiled Jos, on Wednesday, Dariye said, “If it were not by your prayers, collective solidarity and determination, I may not have been here earlier, because some people wanted to turn away the will of God.
“I would have still been in Abuja, but God has disappointed them. People will continue to move forward and never go backward again,” he said.
He told the people that, “This is not the time for a long speech,” adding that those with PVC are his friends, and assured that he will make consultation with all stakeholders in the State to see who will lead the state to the Promised Land.
According to him, his prayers everyday is that, God should raise a man with the commitment to the poor, downtrodden, and neglected in the area of development; a man that will not chose Urban and Rural areas, but all areas – even if there is no motor-able roads – for the growth and development of the state.
Speaking earlier, while at the Government House, Sen. Joshua Dariye appreciated God, the Governor, Government, and the people of the State for their prayers and support to him, while he was away in incarceration.
He said, visiting the State after a long time away, he was impressed by the development currently experienced in the State, and charged the governor to ensure the completion of projects initiated by his administration, and called on citizens of the State to unite for the growth and development of the State.
The State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, received the former Governor (Sen Joshua Chibi Dariye) and wife, political associates and well-wishers cut across political lines on a courtesy visit to the Government House Rayfield, which marked Dariye’s first visit to the State since his release from incarceration, following a Presidential Pardon granted to him and others.
Receiving the former governor on behalf of the State Governor, the Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS), Prof. Danladi Abok Atu, said, he was standing-in for the Governor, Government, and people of the State to receive Sen Joshua Dariye, who he said has “passed through a phase in life, only the strong hearted can endure.”
While thanking God for the safe return of the former governor, he also appreciated God for the life of Sen Joshua Dariye’s family, particularly his wife, who had to endure his absence, while he was incarcerated.
He appreciated the former First Lady for being “a pillar not just to her husband but to the State, by serving as a member of the Governing Council of the Plateau State University, Bokkos, a task which she has not failed in carrying out even with the emotions of her husband’s absence.”
The governor prayed for God’s guidance and protection over Sen Dariye and his family, and then used the opportunity to also assure the former governor of his administration’s commitment to building on the unity of purpose laid by his predecessors.
Our correspondent reports that, Sen. Dariye also paid a courtesy call to the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, CAN Chairman Plateau State and the JNI.