01 October 2020 by Bilkisu Kambai.
As Nigeria celebrates its sixtieth diamond jubilee, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has urged community leaders to partner with Government to ensure sustainable peace in the State .
Governor Lalong made the appeal during a one day Roundtable with community leaders and stakeholders with the theme “Building peaceful, safer and secure communities in Plateau State ” to commemorate Nigeria’s sixtieth Anniversary, held at the Government House, Jos.
Governor Lalong said with positive relationship characterized by mutual respect, free from prejudice, hate and intolerance, people can leave and socialize in peace with one another.
Lalong commended stakeholders for dedicating their time and resources in building the Peace currently being enjoyed in the State .
The Governor stressed that he will continue to support community leaders to mitigate violence through community driven processes deviod of ethno- religious or political considerations.
In a keynote address, the Director, Center For Conflict Management And Peace Studies from the University of Jos, Danny McCain said Peace cannot be achieved without hardwork.
He said peace cannot stand alone for it takes multiple heads coming together, forgiving one another and paving ways for peace to take place.
McCain urged traditional leaders and community leaders to work closely with the different security agencies to bring about the much needed and desired Peace the State is clamouring for.
To mark the diamond jubilee, Governor Lalong granted absolute pardon to five convicted persons, Obinna John, Lengka Kurji, Buhari Abubakar, David Luka and Ya’u Bala based on good behavior.