Director-General of the Plateau Peace Building Agency, Mr. Joseph Lengmang has assured Plateau citizens that the organization will continue to promote the culture of Peace, Harmony and Reconciliation in the state.
Mr joseph Lengman stated this while addressing Newsmen in a media parley at the head office of the agency on Saturday 6th February in commemoration of the Plateau state Day of Forgiveness on 7th February.
You will recall that the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong had earlier on in 2019, proclaimed the 7th of February every year as Day of Forgiveness to be observed as an annual public holiday in the state. The governor, also commissioned a symbolic Garden of Peace and Forgiveness in Jos to mark the occasion. Stating that the day was to be set apart to reflect on our journey as a people and having in mind the various crises that have bedeviled the state from 2001, He enjoined the people of the state to take the message of forgiveness everywhere in the statE
Mr. Lengmang while pointing to the essence of the Day of Forgiveness in the state, further said that since the plateau state governor, Simon Lalong created the Agency 5years ago, the PPBA has continued in its mandate to promote harmonious coexistence of all the ethnic and religious groups that make up the state. As such the Day of Forgiveness was to further promote the agenda of peace through healing, forgiveness and reconciliation considering the bitter experiences of the State in the past.
He urged citizens to unite towards breaking the walls of stereotypes and prejudices and further encouraged the media in their roles as Stakeholders in the Peacebuilding process in the State as the agency will continue to work with the citizens to achieve a better, secured and safer society through mutual understanding.
Attendance was drawn from various stakeholders including, The Executive Secretary of the Plateau State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Barrister Auwal Abdullahi, who commended the role of media practitioners in societal transformation, peacebuilding and urged the citizens to eschew bitterness and embrace peace as well as abide by the tenet of forgiveness. The Community Leader in Gyel, Da Gyang Jatau, recalled his experiences as a victim and reemphasized the importance of peaceful coexistence as no meaningful development can be achieved in a hostile environment.
Mrs. Lantana Bako Abdullahi, A Peace Practioner and Women Advocate also went on to encourage all to be peace Actors and work to restore the broken relationships in our communities. She further noted that women and children are always at the receiving end of violent conflict as such the men should consider the sufferings any violent conflict will bring.
High ranking officers of the Plateau Peace Building Agency’s Director of Programmes, Mr. Godwin Okoko, Director of Administration Mr. Gayi Timothy and other Staff of the Agency were all in attendance.