A brewing anger among residents of Plateau State has boiled over to the Plateau State of Assebly has told the people to rise up and defend themselves, while giving the State Governor, Simon Lalong , two weeks to deal with the issue of insecurity or face the music from lawmakers.
Lalong has often been accused of pandering to Fulani herdsmen and militants to the detriment of Natives who are often slaughtered without a whimper from him. However, he is often accused of crying more than the bereaved when natives retaliate attacks.
There are whispers that the governor is taking too far his relationship with the Presidency too far, and appears not to care if his people are decimated simply because he is fishing for higher office. He is believed to be eyeing the vice-presidency in 2023.
Addressing newsmen in Jos, the Chairman House Committee on Information Hon. Dadun Peter Philip said, “We call on the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, to come up with a statement defending us as a people and to bring back renewed commitment to the cause of Plateau.”
“We are still expecting with high hopes, the president to also come up with a statement about the killings in Yelwa Zangam just as he did in the killings of travellers along Rukuba Road and to also indicate a sign of justice or we will see him as being reflexive about the conflict in Plateau.
“As an Assembly committed to the yearnings and aspirations of our people, we deeply appreciate the calls made by Plateau people, both at home and in the diaspora, for encouragement and tasking us to do the needful in order to save Plateau and its heritage.
The House praised the youths on the Plateau for the continuous campaigns, even on social media, against the killings.
“As an assembly with people at heart, we call on Plateau State citizens to have confidence in us with renewed commitment as we have given two (2) weeks to the governor to take action on the resolutions the House has forwarded on security matters and how to restore peace.
“We strongly call on Plateau People to practically stand up and defend themselves and their communities, as the conventional security design is no longer guaranteeing our safety as a people.”