By: Valentine Adese (JP),
Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 governorship election in Plateau State, Senator Jeremiah Timbut Useni has appealed to communities in Plateau State, to raise their level of alertness to preempt further attacks in the State.
Sen Useni gave this advice on Friday, 31st January 2020, while leading a special PDP team on a visit to the two communities in Bokkos and Mangu Local Government Areas (LGAs) earlier attacked by people believed to be herdsmen, according to a press release signed by Mr. Yiljap, Abraham, the Media Consultant to Lt. Gen, Sen. Jeremiah Timbut Useni (Rtd), dated 31st January, 2020 and made available to REALITY.
You would recall that reports have it that, about 22 people died in the attacks in three villages in Bokkos – Kwatas, Marish and Ruboi and 12 in Kulben in Mangu LGAs.
Sen. Useni said, “We are very saddened by the loss of precious human lives. We are visiting to express our sympathy and to encourage those of you alive to be strong hearted.
“We must show greater wisdom in the way we live as communities. We need to remain alert at all times to thwart the efforts of attackers rather waking up later to react only after the damage has been done.
“We know that vengeance belongs to God. Ours is to stay awake and watch while also praying.”
Senator Useni donated 20 bags of rice and N200,000 each at both Kwatas and Kulben.
Responding on behalf of the Saf Forof, De Bulus Ali Magaji, the Saf Tarangol, De Monday Masok, thanked Senator Useni for the visit stating that, as a community, they are very elated.
De Monday Masok said, “We are very elated at your presence here with us. The attack shocked us because, our people are peaceful, and there was no previous provocation whatsoever which might have led to the attack.”
On his part, the Ward Head of Kulben, Da Siman Mangdik, said their hearts were strengthened by Useni’s visit.
He said, “This is the first time we are witnessing such tragedy. And we want to say very strongly that our people and generations after them are determined to remain on this land and not abandon it for any reason.”
Members of the special PDP team with Senator Useni included, the PDP State Acting Chairman, Amos Gombi, Deputy Governorship Candidate in the 2019 election Dr James Dalok, former State Chairman of the PDP, Hon Damishi Sango, former Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Titus Alams, former Director General of the JT Useni Campaign Organisation, Prof. Dimis Mai-Lafia, an Elder, Barr Danjuma Maina, and two party stakeholders from Mangu, Mr Augustine Ngok and Mrs Anna Dadah.