I am com­mit­ted to peace­ful co-ex­is­tence – La­long

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From Dick­son S. Adama, Jos

Gover­nor Si­mon La­long of Plateau State has ex­pressed his de­ter­mi­na­tion to pro­mote peace­ful co-ex­is­tence in the state as well as main­tain­ing splen­did work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the youths.

La­long spoke at a memo­rial lec­ture tagged ‘Jos Chillin Project’, pow­ered by Mees Palace and Buck­wyld Me­dia, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Plateau State gov­ern­ment. He said the project aims at repo­si­tion­ing Jos as a tourism hub by pro­mot­ing peace, unity, har­mony and pride in the cul­tural iden­tity of the peo­ple through the use of Nige­rian stars, colour­ful mes­sag­ing, en­ter­tain­ment and grass­roots youth en­gage­ment.

Rep­re­sented by the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Plateau State Peace Build­ing Agency (PPBA), Mr. Joseph Lang­mang, the gover­nor urged young peo­ple to work to­gether to build per­ma­nent peace and unity on the Plateau.

“I re­main res­o­lute to the con­flict res­o­lu­tion, to se­cu­rity of lives and prop­er­ties, and equally mak­ing sure ev­ery­one in the state thrive ir­re­spec­tive of tribe, re­li­gion and po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion,” he said.

In his re­marks, the for­mer Min­is­ter of State, In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Al­haji Ibrahim Nakande, pleaded with the youths to make ju­di­cious use of so­cial me­dia to preach peace rather than us­ing the plat­form to in­cite hate speech against one an­other or gov­ern­ment.

He said the me­dia and the civil so­ci­ety have a big role to play in peace build­ing in the so­ci­ety and in Plateau State, adding that the past cri­sis on the Plateau is purely po­lit­i­cal and not re­li­gious as many thought.

The event fea­tured many big names in the Nige­rian en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, sports and me­dia from both La­gos and Plateau State who spoke on dif­fer­ent top­ics. They in­cluded 2Face Idibia, Dr Panam Percy Paul, Ice Prince, Dj Jimmy Jatt, Peter Ru­fai and Kate Hen­shaw. Oth­ers are An­dre Blaze, Efe Omorogbe, Ed­die Lawani, Yinka Obebe, Chris Mek­wonye and Micheal Ig­be­labo.

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