By Marie-Therese Nanlong
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Plateau State, Nde Alexander Mwolwus has described the setting up of the Commission of Inquiry by the State Governor Simon Lalong, to probe his predecessor, Jonah Jang as an exercise in futility stressing that Jang, his commissioners and aides were not afraid of the Commission.
It would be recalled that the six-man Commission chaired by Justice Stephen Adah inaugurated about two months ago to probe the financial activities of former Governor Jonah Jang’s administration from May 29, 2007 – May 29, 2015, had commenced public hearing on Thursday.
But Mwolwus, who was the former Special Adviser to Jang on Political Matters, told newsmen in Jos that, “My worry is that the setting up of the commission in the first place was not necessary because it would amount to just a waste of public funds for such commissions had never in the history of Plateau yielded any result.
“The public funds, which are supposed to be used to augment the education, health and construction of good roads for the citizens are going to be wasted on this commission. If anyone thinks that somebody’s image is going to be dented by setting up that commission then he or she is making a big mistake.
“Nigeria and Plateau State have witnessed this kind of inquiry but nothing has come out of them. Buhari, in 1983, tried it by throwing some politicians like late Solomon Lar and Jim Nwobodo in prison, but President Babangida later set them free; Dariye inquired into the activities of former military administrators and discarded it at the end.
“Even Jang himself, when he came on board as governor of the state, inquired of Dariye’s activities. The matter was taken to court and was thrown out; so I don’t see any difference with what Lalong is doing now. The report of this commission will also go to court and it will not survive there because it shall be strongly contested.”
He further stated that he thought Lalong had come to unite the citizens of the state but the setting up of the commission would not help matters because it would generate some tension and crises.
Responding, the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Ahmad Nazif countered Mwolwus’ claim describing it as false and uncalled for as the commission was to help put the record straight and get some money back from looters.
Nazif said the government meant business and that it would complete the assignment before the end of Lalong’s tenure and “I believe that it will yield good dividends for the state.”