PLATEAU STATE: party allegiance should not influence Govt policies – Prof Shown tells Governor Lalong
Plateau State Governor, Barr. Simon Bako Lalong, has been charged to carry everyone along so that they can contribute to the progress of the state and should not be based on party allegiance.
Former Speaker to Chief Solomon Daushep Lar in the Second Republic, Prof. Dakum Shown, made this known in Jos, while speaking to some journalists in his office, on Tuesday. He said, if the governor has the ability to serve the state he should carry the people together; if not, there will be a problem.
He said, “This game of politics platform is my wisdom that the governor should carry everyone along, even those who did not vote for him, for the development of the state.”
Prof Shown told newsmen that he has retired from active politics, adding that, he can only advise government to put aside political differences and work for Plateau project.
According to him, “I will never be active in politics again, because I am going by Biblical injunction that says, ‘here is time for everything;’ so, there is time to play politics and time to retire from it.
He further stressed that, “I have played politics as a professional; I have seen Plateau from the beginning through three phases, starting with Benue/Plateau in those days. The group A of Plateau is the first in dealing with people who are very honest, who have given their lives for politics and the development of the state.”
According to Prof Shown, “I had the privilege to pass through the phase and one of it is that am still alive to testify that those first group A were not thinking of money,” adding that, “money was nothing to them; their joy was that anyone that got appointed was an indigene of Plateau state, whether you are an Engineer, Doctor, Lawyer or anything else; we are one.
“The second phase was that, I had seen another gradual shift from love-of-one-another syndrome of pulling down each other,” adding that, “the quest for wealth and ‘where I am coming from’ is that no matter the ideas the person had, a group of tribal meetings will change their thinking,” adding that, “For instance, in Plateau, you see the groups are promoting tribes or local governments which is now gradually giving way to phases of underdevelopment where people say, ‘this is my own.’ ”
Prof. Shown observed that, “where people are hungry to occupy positions always lead to loss of respect for each other. We have lost the jubilation for each other so that we are gradually loosing respect for lives and even from our neighbors; so, we now go back to self service, not other service, which is very unfortunate.”
According to him, “when you take a critical look at this syndrome and the best option now is to retire from active politics, and anybody who wants to get genuine advice can come or, maybe, return back to our Creator, because you don’t know where to correct.”
He reiterated further that, “If you cannot say anything nice, then it’s better not to say anything, rather than to pray for a change. After I have been in government several years back, I took my time to judge government, and it is not at early stage that matter; there are many people that have started well but end in destruction. It is too early to judge President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Simon Bako Lalong administrations; the sign of salary deduction to settle workers is very commendable.”
Prof Shown pointed out that, “I have the great faith that they will succeed. For the first time a former Speaker is occupying the seat of government, am hopeful that let’s not loss faith; God knows why he brought him, whether he succeeds or not.”
He further debunked the rumour going round town that he was dead, saying that, “The true position is that I am not dead; for the past two years I have never been sick and I remain healthy; I flew to UK and India for treatment and check up too. I am still alive, healthy and strong,” he concluded.