From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Members of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) have visited Governor Simon Bako Lalong at the Government House Rayfield Jos, to commiserate with the Government and people of Plateau State over the recent attacks in the state which led to the destruction of lives and properties.
Led by the their Chairman, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State Government of Nigeria the APC Governors expressed deep sadness over the recent attacks in the State that claimed lives and led to destruction of properties.
He said the attacks in Bassa and Riyom Local Government Areas as well as the killing of travellers in Rubuka road Jos North who were returning from a religious programme in Bauchi are totally unacceptable and highly condemnable.
He said the criminal actions are clearly aimed at rubbishing the efforts and achievements of Governor Simon Bako Lalong in restoring peace in the State.
He commended the people of Plateau State and other Nigerians of goodwill particularly Sheik Dahiru Bauchi who rose up to speak against the ugly development of attacking innocent travellers, calling for calm and also stopped narratives that could have led to a serious breakdown of law and order since some people were already inflaming religious passions that were attached to the incident.
He sympathised with the victims of the attacks and also announced a donation of N30 million from the APC Governors towards alleviating the suffering of the victims.
Responding, Governor Lalong appreciated the visit, describing it as a huge source of encouragement during this trying moment for the State.
He told the delegation that the situation is calm and still being monitored as he went round earlier on Monday to see those injured in various hospitals and also monitor the compliance to the curfew which was imposed to curtail the situation.
Lalong also appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention which has seen more reinforcement of police and other security agencies to tackle the incident that is threatening to bring back the dark days that are gradually fading.
He assured his colleagues that the statee will soon put this incident behind it as the criminals are being fished out for prosecution.
He also said wide consultations are being carried out to calm nerves and ensure that there is no repeat of such attacks.