The Paramount ruler of Plateau State, the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba marked his 70th birthday over the weekend in grand style.
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 Berom land, Plateau State and Nigeria at large, saying he is humbled by the words of affirmation and encouragement.
He 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 society has abandoned timeless values and has been raising children that are confused on the right path to a greater society.
Da Jacob Gyang Buba went on to thank the Government and people of the state for carrying along the Traditional Institution and working for peace and reconciliation, a development he said he will continue to support and promote.
The plateau state Governor Simon Lalong was also present at the birthday celebration and went on to commend the monarch for being 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.
He said the Royal Father has not only demonstrated consistency in his advocacy and creation of a conducive environment for peaceful coexistence and economic prosperity of Plateau State but that of the entire nation.
Governor Lalong 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.
He said 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. Such efforts he said have assisted the Government to consolidate on its achievements in various sectors.
Other goodwill messages followed from former Governor Dara Janah 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.
His Royal Majesty the Gbong Gwom Jos Da Jacob Gyang Buba 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.