Anaguta people of Plateau cry foul over political appointments
The Anaguta people in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State have expressed their dissatisfaction over the recent political appointments by Governor Simon Lalong for ‘not recognizing’ them in his appointments in the state.
Addressing a world press conference recently, leader of the Anaguta community, Mr Jonathan Nyam, expressed concern that they had been neglected because no appointment was giving to them.
According to Nyam, “in Jos North Local Government Council Transition and Implementation Committee, positions were characterized by tyranny and dictatorship against the Anaguta people.”
He alleged that the past democratic administrations of Chief Joshua Dariye, Da Jonah Jang, and even the administration of Chief Michael Botmang that was adjudged illegal, recognized and gave the Anaguta people key positions in their respective administrations, unlike this administration.
According to him, “we are the original settler of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state. Anaguta people are by their nature kind, good, hospitable and accommodative.
“Plateau State became the ‘Home of Peace and Tourism’ because of what our ancestors did to their non-indigenes, especially by welcoming and allowing them to stay on their beautiful and serene land peacefully,” he said.
Mr Nyam further claimed that, the present administration of Right Honourable Simon B. Lalong has deliberately refused and neglected to follow the right and proper precedent and solid foundation laid by the previous administrations in recognizing and honouring the Anaguta people.
He said that the present administration “did not appoint any Anaguta person as a commissioner from Jos North LGA as was done in the past. More amazing and worrisome,” according to him, “is the fact that even in the appointment of membership of the Transition and Implementation Committee into the Jos North Local Government Council, an Anaguta man was only given or appointed to a paltry position of only a Supervisory Councilor – what a surprising suppression,” he lamented.
Unfortunately, they said, positions that were hitherto occupied by the Anaguta people have been systematically transferred to non-indigenes. “Even the Beroms and the Afizeres that we considered our brothers were not considered in our place; rather, non indigenes.
“Many of our people actually and vigorously participated in all the activities at all levels to ensuring that Right Hon Barr Lalong becomes the Governor of Plateau State. Many of our people suffered tremendously for the sake of this present administration. Many were molested, assaulted, injured, harassed, maltreated, defamed, rejected and abused during the political activities, which led to the emergence of this administration.
“The Anaguta Nation and her allies overwhelmingly supported this administration and casted about 97% of the total votes in her areas as shown by available record,” Mr Nyam retorted.