As part of moves to put an end to killings and achieve permanent peace in Plateau State, the governor, Simon Lalong, has urged farmers and herders to forgive one another for peace to reign in the state.
Lalong, who said he has made security of lives and properties topmost priority since he became governor in 2015, said he regretted that lack of forgiveness between farmers and herders has continued to frustrate all peace efforts of his government.
The governor stated this in his remarks during the 2nd Forgiveness and Reconciliation Day organised to entrench peaceful coexistence in the state.
He said his administration’s pursuit of policies that promote public peace and harmony in the last four years has made people who have initially fled the state – Nigerians and foreigners alike – to return.
He, however, noted that “the state is still faced with some security challenges due to the activities of criminals,” adding that “it is my expectations that from this reconciliation programme, people will soberly reflect to forgive one another and seek reconciliation of the bad things of the past.