Following the killings of villagers ongoing in Plateau State, the National Coordinator, Prayer Force Network, Amb John Pofi, has said that the state governor, Simon Bako Lalong is inactive and a sell out.
Pofi said despite security alert issued by the Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba, the Plateau State governor is unable to protect his people.
“On behalf of my family, members of the John Pofi foundation, my political associates, I wish to commiserate with the immediate families of the fourteen persons who lost their lives in an avoidable circumstances.
“Based on information received, fourteen persons were gruesomely murdered in the same night of 23rd of May, 2021 in Dong village, adjacent Jos Wild Life Park and Kwi village, adjacent Yakubu Gowon Airport, Heipang, women and children inclusive.
“It would be recalled that the Inspector General of Police had earlier issued a security alert that there could be attacks on Plateau State and the Federal Capital Territory with an assurance that his personel are fully in charge telling people in the affected areas to remain calm and go about their lawful activities without fear.
“Shortly after, the attacks were carried out successfuly and the security forces were no where to be found. This is a pathetic situation where citizens are left to their fates despite early warnings.
“Sometimes I wonder why we are like this. Threats to lives and property were earlier sent, yet it still happened, terminating the promising and innocent lives of women and children who don’t know anything about the war,” Pofi said.
“Like I always say, Plateau State is one of the “governoless states” in Nigeria, that is why our governoless Lalong could not do anything when the alert was raised.
“What is wrong in the governor of Plateau State going to meet the Chief of Defence Staff or the Minister of Defence to mobilise more security forces to the state? What stops him from engaging the state’s police commissioner and the commandant of Operation Safe Haven to mobilise personel to flash points before the incident happen?
“It is sad and pathetic that people will see their deaths coming and there is nothing they can do about it. As it is, and without fear of being contradicted, nothing will happen to the perpetrators, as they will go down as unkwon gun men as usual.
“When we say Nigeria is a failed state, supporters of the present administration who are benefiting from the rot will call us pessimist but that will never deter us from saying it as it is. How long can we continue to loose valuable lives carelessly just like that? It is so sad that human life is no longer valuable in Nigeria, it is so cheap and valueless,” he said.
Pofi said there was need for thorough investigation into what happened in Plateau State to avert future occurrence.
“If the governoless governor Lalong can’t longer take care of his people as it is being peddled in some quarters, he should give way and stay aside. Plateau people are tired of mourning as they say with one voice, ” enough is enough, ” he added.