by Christians Gokyo, Jos
The Gbong Gwom Jos, His Royal Majesty Da Jacob Gyang Buba, has been described as a patriotic leader whose passion for peace, justice and unity has assisted in the substantial restoration of peace and tranquility in Plateau State and clearly reflects in his conduct and utterances over the years.
While speaking at a reception to mark the 70th birthday of the monarch in Jos, the state governor, Simon Lalong, said the Royal Father has not only demonstrated consistency in his advocacy and creation of conducive environment for peaceful coexistence and economic prosperity of the State, but that of the entire nation.
He said, the life story of Da Jacob Gyang Buba has been characterized by persistence, patience, diligence, honesty and philanthropy both in his professional career and Royal capacity.
According to Lalong, “As the Chairman of the Plateau State Council of Chiefs, the Gbong Gwom has continued to mobilize the Royal Institution towards supporting the Rescue Administration in restoring peace and security in the State,” adding that, “such efforts have assisted the Government to consolidate on its achievements in various sectors.”
In their goodwill messages, former Governor Jonah Jang, Long Goemai Miskom Martin Shaldas III, and others, said the celebrant is a man of his words, who does not condone injustice, corruption and violence in any form. This, according to them, has stood him out as a man of principle and courage.
In his response, His Royal Majesty the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, appreciated the show of love demonstrated by his family, friends, well wishers, people of Beromland, Plateau State and Nigeria at large, saying he is humbled by the words of affirmation and encouragement.
But, the Gbong Gwom vehemently decried the level of insecurity, intolerance and disharmony that has denied the country and Plateau State in particular the stability for growth and development. He said this is most unfortunate because the society has abandoned timeless values and has been raising children that are confused on the right path to a greater society.
He nevertheless thanked Governor Lalong for carrying along the Traditional Institution and working for peace and reconciliation, a development he said he will continue to support and promote.
The Gbong Gwom Jos, thereafter, bestowed traditional titles on 10 individuals, who have contributed immensely to the development of Plateau State and Nigeria at large. They include: Mr. Austin Pam Dalyop (Galadiman Jos); Engr. Jang Chuwang Tanko (Jarman Jos); Alh Mansur Nakande (Makaman Jos); Chief (Dr) Felix Ezeanoche (Mutawallen Jos); Da Toma Chuwang Minti (Ngwom Nkanang); Da Michael Gyang Pam (Sarkin Pada); Da Choji Zang Tott (Talban Jos); Mrs. Felicia Chomo Sodipe (Jakadiyan Jos); Mrs. Sarah Dagah (De Sele Berom), as well as Mallam Yakubu Ibn Mohammed, DG NTA – a childhood friend of the Gbong Gwom, who was given the title of Tafidan Jos.