We have watched with growing concern recent developments in Plateau State since the ascension to power of Governor Caleb Mutfwang in May 2023.
We have painfully watched as thousands of young men were thrown out of their jobs for no fault of theirs.
We have also watched how the much expected development and provisions of the dividends of democracy was sacrificed on the alter of political expediency.
And we have also watched with pains in our heart how Plateau under his watch have become more divided and unsecured with thousands being killed without any tangible solution in sight.
Worst of all, under his watch, the State has become more divisive than ever in the political history of the State. This is seen in the unhealthy ethnic coalitions with bitter animosity and suspicion that is developing among some of the tribes on the Plateau.
We have also watched how the Governor as a lawyer himself would sit unperturbed while members of his Political Party the PDP have continued to malign the entire judiciary and a worthy daughter of Plateau State and President of the Court of Appeal Mrs Monica Dongban who has risen to the peak of her career through dint of hard work and perseverance.
Since assumption of office, the Mutfwang Government has not been able to set a clear agenda towards the development of the State, rather out of despair resulting from the lingering post election litigations, he has become more desperate and seem to have lost focus.
This desperation of the Governor has heightened a palpable fear and apprehension among the citizens of the State as they see him as deliberately promoting ethnic divisiveness and whipping political cum religious sentiments among the tribes with a view to creating a tribal internecine in the State just because he wants to perpetrate himself in office.
We have watched with utmost indignation that since after the elections, the Governor seems to be promoting and enjoying the seeming rift between the Mwaghavul his tribe and the Berom who gave him the most votes on the one side and the Ngas which is Dr Nentawe Yilawada his opponent’s tribe and the Goemai, which is former Governor Simon Lalong’s tribe on the other hand. Rather than find a way of seeking the unification of Plateau State, Gov Mutfwang seems to using this alienating development to feather his political nest.
This has no doubt risen our apprehension and
such apprehension is further supported by Governor Mutfwang’s recent recruitment of about 200 Mwaghavul his tribesmen and 400 Beroms into the Plateau State Operation Rainbow to the exclusion of other Tribes in the State. These selected recruits who are presently undergoing Military training in the Citizenship and Training Center are camped at the Lalong Legacy Primary School in Lamingo, Jos East LGA.
We are concerned and curious over this development following the deliberate exclusion of all other Ethnic other Nationalities on the Plateau from the recruitment and training of the paramilitary personnel into the Operation, which is supposed to be a State owned Security outfit.
We harbor this apprehension remembering how in the past a similar scenario played out where a particular tribe was predominantly favored in a similar exercise where billions of Plateau State funds were spent on training them in Israel at the detriment of other tribes. Hardly had they returned from the exercise that they all disbanded and escape with the weapons in their possession where they since have become merchants of death in the State.
With this obvious exclusion, we cannot but ask, is Governor Mutfwang planning to use this two tribes to wage a tribal war against the other tribes? Or is he planning to use them as Political thugs in the event that the case in the Supreme Court does not favor him? We have also received on sound authority that Gov Caleb Mutfwang has met with the retired Gen T. Y. Danjuma and are planning for a civil disobedience in Kano, Plateau and Nasarawa States in the event that the ongoing litigations do not favor the PDP.
Permit us to use this medium to make it clear to Governor Mutfwang that no Politicians ambition is worth the live of a single citizen of Plateau and in the event of any untoward activity that will lead to a break down of law and order in this State, we will not hesitate to hold him responsible.
Be that as it may, we wish to call all security Agencies to investigate the activities of all desperate politicians who have no intention to respect court decisions and would rather want to sacrifice the peace of the Country on the alter of their political ambitions.