Caleb Mutfwang, the governor-elect of Plateau State, claims that the conflict between indigenes, the majority of whom are farmers, and herders has been exaggerated and that this is having a negative impact on the state’s tranquility. In Abuja, a group of peace activists led by Rev. Dr. Gideon Para-Mallam paid a farewell visit to the departing British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing. This is when Mutfwang made his remarks.
Senator-elect for Plateau State Simon Mwadkwon, Prof. Funmi Para-Mallam, Director of Studies at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, Jos, and Bishop Mike Akpami, Director of Research, Planning, and Strategy at the Christian Association of Nigeria, were also present in the delegation.
Muftwang emphasized that although his government would not tolerate any sort of insecurity, it would make sure that the citizens accepted responsibility for the state’s security procedures or infrastructure. He declared that the upcoming Plateau administration will develop pertinent peacebuilding institutions, particularly at the grassroots, to reduce insecurity. “One part of the situation on the Plateau that occasionally gets blown out of proportion for various reasons is the connection between herders and indigenous people,” he continued.
I firmly think that the inhabitants of the Plateau have enjoyed prosperous lives in the past, and we will work to maintain this historical fact. Again, going forward, we’re going to ensure that the populace takes ownership of the security architecture or processes by ensuring that, right from the grassroots, we build structures for peace between communities among communities, and ensure that they gradually come to trust one another.
I think the inhabitants of the Plateau have had good lives in the past, and we’ll make sure that this historical fact is maintained. Again, going forward, we’re going to make sure that the populace takes ownership of the security architecture or processes by ensuring that, right from the grassroots, we build structures for peace between communities among communities, and make sure that they themselves start to trust themselves, and gradually all the potential flashpoints for conflict will be eliminated.
Catriona Laing, the departing British High Commissioner to Nigeria, expressed optimism for more effective peace-building efforts in Plateau State and across the nation.
According to her, some of the reports and results about the effects of the foundation’s peace-building activities on various community stakeholders in several of the states had impressed the High Commission.
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