What I discussed with President Buhari behind closed-doors – Gov Lalong

 Simon Lalong

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, on Monday revealed that his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari was the usual briefing borne out of his passion for security and peace in the state.

Lalong, while speaking with State House correspondents after a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, said that the last election in the state was peaceful and he would want INEC to also conduct peaceful supplementary elections.

On the recent attack in the state in which cattle were rustled, he said it had a political undertone but was under control.

“That was why I said I am concerned about security. Usually it starts like that; they start rustling and killing cattle and the next thing you will hear is that it is farmers-herders crisis.

“I know that I have addressed that issue for a very long time and the police are handling the issue.

“So, I informed the president that we are on top of the situation because we wouldn’t want that to escalate into farmers-herdsmen crisis.

“It is not farmers-herdsmen crisis; it is criminals trying to forment trouble after losing elections.

“I always say it has political undertone; why is it happening immediately after elections. It usually happens immediately before or after elections; why is it like that? It has some political connotation.’’

He said that getting reelected would mean continuation and completion of projects and initiation of new projects.

Lalong said that civil servants had been worried that they would go back to the era of being owed salaries again if he lost election.

“So we want to continue with payment of salaries, gratuities, completion of projects that were started before I came and the ones I have initiated.

“That is the Next Level in Plateau,’’ NAN quoted him as saying.