Two years after the former deputy speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Yusuf Gagdi received backlash for linking a robbery attack in his constituency to the activities of Boko Haram, the member representing Kantana state constituency has tendered an unreserved apology to his constituents.
A 2016 robbery attack on Dengi divisional headquarters of the Nigerian Police had claimed the life of an officer with arms carted away by the assailants.
Following the incident Gagdi moved a motion on the floor of the state House Assembly, wherein he decried the nefarious activities of armed bandits along Dengi-Gagdi-Dugub and Dengi -Garga -Munbutbo roads and called for the siting of joint security checkpoints along the routes.
But in an effort to graphically present the security challenges in the area, he had stated that the upsurge of security breach was not unconnected with the military operations going on in Sambisa forest adding that this had led to the dislodgement of the Boko-Haram terrorist to communities sharing boarders with the vast forest.
He then went ahead to mention that Munbutbo, in Garga district of Kanam LGA, which shares a border with Gombe State which in turn borders with Sambisa forest thus painting a picture that it made it possible for Boko-Haram insurgents to run to the areas, when dislodged by the military.
Though Gagdi had a week later tendered an apology, he had received several backlashes from especially his constituents who stressed that his claim was faulty and many others misinterpreting his presentation to mean that there were Boko-Haram insurgents in Garga.
However, the former speaker yesterday, while speaking to journalists, tendered another apology describing his error as an innocent mistake that was aimed at attracting the sympathy of the security operatives to act swiftly and save his people from the armed bandits.
“I want to, once again, apologize in the sincerest manner for that misrepresentation, and seek for forgiveness from anyone who misinterpreted my presentation. It was an innocent mistake made in an effort to represent my people effectively.”
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