The Plateau State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has expressed displeasure over Governor Simon Bako Lalong’s inability to visit the areas that came under heavy attacks last week by suspected Fulani herdsmen which led to the death of more than 200 people mostly women and children.
In a press statement signed by its publicity secretary, Sir John T. Akans KSM and a copy made available to our correspondent, the party described as shameful that 10 days after the pogrom in Gashish, Gana Ropp and Ngar areas of Barkin Ladi Local Government, the governor has not deemed it fit to visit the areas where the crime was committed stressing that such attitude as exhibited by the governor was a clear evidence of a leader who lacks compassion and quality care toward the people he has sworn to give protection as his primary responsibility.
According to the statement, the best Plateau State has got from Governor Lalong after the ugly incidence was his visit to some of the victims at a hospital in Jos but for the remaining time, he simply waits at the Government house Rayfield for his colleagues and other dignitaries to pay him condolence visits and advised him to emulate his Benue State counterpart Samuel Ortom who stood and is still standing by his people in their travail.
The statement further called on Lalong to stop blaming his perceived enemies on a journey it described as “in competence and poor performance wondering that even while curfew was still on, attackers swooped on the people of Kantoma Junction leaving six people dead and a church burned down without any challenge from the security.
The PDP also said it was worried over the failure of the Federal Government to respond swiftly and provide relief materials to the victims of the heinous attacks.
The party further said that its biggest shock and shameful act was the comments by a presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu who described the senseless genocide as farmers/herdsmen clash and even attributed the unprovoked murder of defenceless people in their houses as retaliation to cattle rustling adding that Shehu’s statement was an insult both to the people of Plateau State in particular and Nigerians in general.
It stated, “it is indeed most unfortunate that this sentimental show of shame is coming from our leaders who are supposed to protect us all but have chosen to exhibit a deep sense of ill will towards some people despite claiming to belonging to all”.
“it is indeed most unfortunate that this sentimental show of shame is coming from our leaders who are supposed to protect us all but have chosen to exhibit a deep sense of ill will towards some people despite claiming to belonging to all”. – Plateau State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)