Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has said the government must do whatever it takes to ensure that the present agitations across the country is not allowed to degenerate into a full scale violent conflict. The Governor also recalled that he narrowly escaped death when an Igbo man sacrificed his life for him during the Nigerian Civil War, which lasted from 1967-1970 when the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu led Biafran forces opted for secession.
Lalong said the Igbo man, who was his guardian at the time eventually lost his life as he was brutally killed after saving his life during the crisis. The Governor recalled that he was just three years of age when the incident happened. Lalong spoke on Sunday during the 57th Independence Anniversary church service, which held at the national headquarters of the Evangelical Church Winning All in Jos.
“The memory of what happened to me when I was three years old is still fresh in my mind; an Igbo man who was my guardian that married my aunty was killed; but before he was killed, he took me and locked me inside a room. That memory is still fresh in my mind and anybody who is beating the drums of war has not seen it.”
He therefore called on Nigerians to stop carrying arms against one another. According to him, only genuine dialogue will address the cries of marginalisation and injustice among ethnic nationalities in Nigeria. He alaso advised the government to listen to the calls for federalism, when he said, “If true federalism will address the injustice and cry of marginalisation in the country, government should be ready to address it. We should all agree to live together; nobody should give any excuse on why the country should separate.”