Gyang Bere, Jos
The First Multi-National Joint Task Force Commander in the North East and governorship candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Plateau State, Brigadier General Jonathan Temlong has said that the result of the recently concluded presidential election showed that Nigeria is deeply divided along regional and religious lines.
He said that there is need for citizens of Nigeria to close those gaps to avoid putting the country into danger and war.
Gen. Temlong disclosed this on Wednesday in Jos during media interaction with members of the Correspondent Chapel of NUJ, Plateau State.
“We are still analysing the effects of the result and you will see that we are in a country that is deeply polarised, a country that is deeply divided along regional and religious lines.
“During Ibrahim Babagida’s era, we had Muslim/Muslim ticket which was elected; here on the Plateau and if we do not close those gap and come together, there is a potential danger and we must learnt to be magnanimous in victory.”
Gen. Temlong said he would provide citizen-based security for Plateau citizens who have suffered attacks and massive killings under Governor Simon Lalong’s APC government if elected governor.
He lamented that Plateau people were killed like chickens and buried in mass graves without government showing concern, saying that he would address insecurity to provide development for the people.
Temlong said his government would be anchored on three pillars: peace and security, good governance and development of the state.
“In Plateau State, the political will to do what is right has not been there. The present administration keeps telling us that there is peace in the state; citizens have been displaced from their ancestral homes; we cannot have peace while citizens are living in Internally Displaced Camps; you cannot have peace when we are divided.”