A former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, on Sunday confessed that the elders of the state, including himself, had failed to promote unity in the state and provide direction for its development.
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Dariye, representing Plateau Central in the National Assembly, stated this at the Government House Chapel in Rayfield during the thanksgiving service of the two years administration of Governor Simon Lalong.
The thanksgiving service was with the theme, “Thanksgiving: An act of honouring God.”
He said there was a need for the elders and stakeholders to make efforts to sustain the peace that the All Progressives Congress administration had brought to the state.
“We, the elders of Plateau State, have failed Plateau citizens because of lack of unity, especially those of us who are former governors. But from henceforth, we will resuscitate the Plateau Elders Unity Forum starting from former governor Fidelis Tapgun, myself and Senator Jonah David Jang in order to support Governor Simon Lalong to succeed because Plateau is for all of us,” he said.
Dariye charged Lalong to remain courageous and focussed towards providing leadership for the state.
“I challenge you to remain focused and courageous in your leadership, and let me tell you, whosoever has governed Plateau, Kaduna and Lagos states is capable of governing Nigeria perfectly,” he said.
Lalong, on his part, said there was a need to give thanks to God for His faithfulness to the state, especially in the area of peace restoration in the last two years.
He expressed optimism that with God, Plateau State would remain a model for Nigeria to emulate especially in the peace building process.
The Gbong Gwom Jos and the Chairman of the Plateau State Traditional Council of Chiefs and Emirs, His Majesty Da Jacob Gyang Buba, challenged Lalong to set up a strategic team for the state to take position on national issues and contribute towards the restructuring of Nigeria.
The Methodist Bishop of Jos, Ibrahim Chindo, who took his reading from 1Samuel 7: 7-12, charged Christians to always give thanks to God in all circumstances in life.
The church service was attended by top government officials, security operatives, traditional rulers as well as national and state House of Assembly members.
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