Governor Jonah Jang
Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State has alleged a fresh plot to launch another attack on the state.
Jang said his government had received security report that some Fulani mercenaries are planning to launch a major attack on the state and charged the people to brace up and defend their communities against any unwarranted attack.
The governor, who urged the people to be vigilant, added that “if you bring all the policemen in the country to Plateau State, they cannot protect everybody; so we must protect ourselves; we have the constitutional right to protect ourselves, we would no longer allow anybody to come and slaughter us.”
He has also alleged conspiracy against the state at the federal level by some people in authority using the crisis in the state to fan ember of hatred against the indigenes by denying them employment and other benefits.
Jang, who was addressing stakeholders in the state, further revealed that some people at the federal level have made it a deliberate policy to discriminate against the state in giving out employment.
“We have noticed a lot of discrimination, especially in terms of employment at the federal level. Some people have decided to make a deliberate policy and action to discriminate against Plateau State. Even when they see you with Plateau State plate number, they want to discriminate against you on the basis of being a Plateau man,” he said.
Jang added that his state has never discriminated against anybody or group either on the basis of religion or tribal affiliations, adding that the state is open to all, and people are free to carry out their activities, but added that those who have chosen to make it their home must respect the tradition and custom of their hosts.
“All those living in the state have the constitutional right to contest for any elective position from the Councilor level to any highest elective position of their choice. In the history of Plateau State, we have never attacked anybody but have been under constant attack by people outside the state. Whenever they attack, they are always the first to make noise to get people to sympathise with them. It is like a case of somebody holding you to the ground and crying for help.”
He also condemned the divide and rule approach used to invite people of the state to the Presidential Villa over the crisis in the state, adding that a situation whereby the Berom and the muslims were invited separately was not the best for the state.