The Plateau State Atiku-Mutfwang Campaign Council has called out Governor Lalong to put more effort in securing the lives of Plateau people, following the recent attacks in the Bokkos Local Government Area of the State.
This was made known in a press statement signed by the Directorate of Media and Publicity Yiljap Abraham made available to newsmen in Jos on Thursday 17th November.
Adding that he should put in the same zeal, passion, and resources he exerted in organizing the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential campaign flag-off and filling every pothole within 24 hours into the state security management.
The statement reads:
Anyone with the milk of human kindness will be roundly infuriated by the accounts and pictures that came out of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau following the serial attacks on some communities on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Tuesday 15th November, the peaceful people of Maikatako were completely overwhelmed by terrorists who sneaked in at midnight. Volleys of bullets pierced through the still night unchallenged
Two hours later, 11 bodies were counted. Some had been trapped and burnt in their houses. Some escaped with bullets wounds.
And on Wednesday 16th November, the people of Folloh village were woken up around 9.30pm and helplessly faced another band of terrorists who freely feasted on them with unmitigated violence.
They killed one resident, injured about eight and burnt cars, harvested maize, potatoes and other food crops. About 19 homes were set ablaze or knocked down.
Neighbouring Maijankai was also not spared.
The Plateau State Atiku-Mutfwang Campaign Council is intensely incensed at this orgy of violence.
We denounce all actions that snuff lives, spread insecurity and cripple the people’s efforts to live in freedom and dignity.
We offer our consolations and prayers for comfort to the communities, families, leaders and all of Plateau.
Tragically, the effective management of the security situation has been left at the level of streams of condemnatory press statements by the state government, its peace agency and most times silence by the federal authorities. That’s all – until more rounds of fatality occur.
The Atiku-Mutfwang counts it a duty to draw the attention of His Excellency Governor Simon Bako Lalong to do more in securing the people who look up to him for leadership.
For example, he can put in the same kind of zeal, energy, passion, money and organisational skills that he exerted into organising his party’s presidential campaign at the Rwang Pam Stadium and filling nearly every pothole within 24 hours into our security management. The people deserve his energy to be safe.
He should also sacrifice himself for the people’s welfare as he has committed himself in absolute loyalty to Mr President (declaring he can die for him!) and his party’s frail and controversial presidential candidate.
There can be no better home away from home.
The Bokkos attacks are also a tragic reminder of the grave situation we face as a people.
We appeal for unity of purpose and ceaseless vigilance within all communities.
Plateau is safest only when not a single community is left under existential threat.
We must draw our strength from our unbreakable togetherness.