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Lalong swears in newly elected 17 LGA chairmen

"Caution political leaders against reckless utterances "

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

Plateau state Governor  Simon Lalong on Monday   advised political, religious, traditional  leaders against reckless utterances that  seek to incite and provoke people to violence and intolerance.

Lalong made this known while speaking at the swearing in of newly elected Local government chairmen in Jos .

 He called on citizens to  shun hate speech, fake news and exploitation of available conflict fault lines such as ethnicity and religion to heat up the polity.

In his words " I want to express my displeasure on the conduct of some conventional and social media users and proprietors who threw caution to the wind during the election   process."

"They allowed politicians and their foot soldiers their platforms to freely propagate and disseminate content that sought to incite people against one another and also pitch them against Government. This is most unfortunate and highly regrettable, he added .

The Governor also said that "Let such persons beware of the dangers they are exposing the State and its people to, and also realise that there are consequences for every action. We should always exercise caution and adhere to the rules of the game. When we destroy the State, there will not be any opportunity for contest or politics. "

He  called  on citizens to put behind all differences and work together in building a better Plateau that will yield its prosperity and endowments to this generation and the generation to come. 

"Election is neither war nor an avenue for division and disharmony. Those who do not succeed today can emerge victorious tomorrow."

20. In the same vein too, as the Chairmen and Councilors settle down to business, I urge individuals and groups not to exert unnecessary pressure or demands on them that could affect their focus and divert their attention from delivering the dividends of democracy to the generality of the citizens. Since you have elected to work, please allow them do the work. 

He said "I wish to appreciate the security agencies, the media, political parties, the electorate and indeed all citizens for their continued support and cooperation to the Rescue Administration particularly in the conduct of this successful election. This gives me a lot of hope for the future of our dear State.

" We have every reason to thank God for the successful transition from one Local Government tenure to another, after the successful elections that took place on the 9th of October. "

I use this opportunity to commend the people of Plateau State for their exemplary conduct, resilience and patriotism throughout the exercise.

I also congratulate the Plateau Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) for conducting one of the best elections in the history of the State adjudged to be free, fair and credible. Despite the legal fireworks that persisted up to few hours before the polls, they were able to carry out their constitutional mandate according to law.

Without doubt, this is a very significant achievement in our democratic journey and the efforts to build a Plateau that is inclusive, egalitarian and progressive. I am happy that all political parties and candidates had equal opportunity to participate in the process from the beginning, while those who had issues within their parties exploited all legal options to ventilate their grievances rather than resorting to taking laws into their hands. This in itself is a threshold in deepening democracy.

The Governor said that "For the elected Local Government Chairmen, I challenge you not to see your victory as one of glamour, but as a call to service and an opportunity to serve the people. From today, you have ceased to be leaders of your parties, religious or ethnic groups only. You are to work for all citizens including those who did not vote for you. Furthermore, your victory is for the people and not an opportunity to settle 


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