By Marie-Therese Nanlong
JOS—PLATEAU State Governor, Simon Lalong, has said peace being enjoyed in the state is a result of prayers and unity of purpose, stressing that payment of workers’ salaries is a step in peace building because when the people are hungry, no meaningful peace can be achieved.
Lalong who spoke yesterday during the Thanksgiving Service and 71st birthday Anniversary of Ambassador Bagudu Hirse, at the Church Of Christ In Nation, COCIN, Jos, challenged other governors to engage the youths in their respective states by providing empowerment programmes to keep them from social vices.
Narrating his ordeal in the hands of his abductors, Ambassador Hirse, said they thought he was a senator hence they asked for N50million ransom saying “because you are the people eating our money” until later when the news broke revealing him as a former ambassador and minister.
He expressed fears for the future of the youths because those who abducted him were graduates of several years without employment who confessed they were in the business to make ends meet.
According to him, the leader of the abductors said, “We want you to tell the world we are in this business because the government can’t offer us jobs. Some of us graduated five years back, but can’t find anything doing.”
In his remarks, the COCIN President, Dachollom Datiri, tasked government at all levels to tackle the challenges of the times, and prayed that the current economic downturn .