A PRESS CONFERENCE DELIVERED TO GENTLEMEN OF THE PRESS, IN JOS
DA. HON TOMA JANG DAVOU
DU DISTRICT, ON BEHALF OF DU ELDERS OF CONSCIENCE JOS SOUTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF PLATEAU STATE
THE INCONSIDERATE CLAMOUR FOR POWER BY SOME DU PEOPLE STOKES FEARS OF HATRED AND REJECTION OF DU INDIGENES AT HOME AND IN THE CIVIL AND PUBLIC SERVICES
29TH OCTOBER, 2014
It is by no coincidence of history that we have found ourselves on the highland altitude of the land called Plateau State. Destiny has made it so. This God given land of great opportunities, hope and prosperity has ethnic nationalities of exemplary character to the whole world. The ethnic nationalities through faith have given hope to all mankind irrespective of tribe, creed or religion.
The State is a mini-Nigeria where virtually every ethnic nationality is represented on the basis of mutual co-existence, political maturity, ethnic respectability and respect for divergent ideologies.
The harmonious co-existence of all ethnic groups, owed the state the appropriate acronym of “Home of Peace and Tourism”. The State as a result, is also magnanimously endowed with both human and natural resources.
However, what appeared to be the enthronement of genuine democracy came a fresh to the nation’s political horizon on May 1999.
This saw the emergence of the Fourth Republic that has also given birth to smooth transitions of one regime to another.
Plateau State and indeed, especially “Du”, autochthonous Community owe you all a great debt of gratitude and appreciation for electing Dr. Da. Jonah David Jang as Governor. He did not become a Governor through a coup-de-tat. He came to Government House through the mandate and the will of the good people of the State.
The Leadership of Da. Jonah Jang has transformed the State enormously. He executed his duties with a high degree of loyalty, dedication, dynamism, commitment to hard work and productivity. The State is blessed with this gentleman of honour who, like his predecessors is admired by the majority.
1. Because Da. Jonah David Jang is tested tried and found to be a performer, the Plateau North Senatorial District, may concede the Senate Seat to him. He is not going to be imposed but may be considered by the good people of the Senatorial Zone.
2. Lest we forget, we want to thank the State for giving “Du” the opportunity to dominate the following positions through the people’s mandate.
a. The Governor - Du.
b. GNS Pwajok, was Director of Research, Chief of Staff and now Senator - Du.
c. Yakubu Jang Special Assistant on Special Duties to Governor Jang - Du.
d. Bulus Dareng - Du.
i. Campaign Coordinator for President Goodluck Jonathan
ii. Consultant on Revenue
iii. Representative to the National Conference e.tc.
iv. The Controversial Sure-P Chairman – Du.
e. Nyam Dareng Executive Personal Assistant to the Governor - Du.
f. James Pam Liaison Officer Abuja - Du etc.
3. It is unfortunate that the State has patronized a handful of people and most unfortunately they are all from “Du”. Du like Soweto is under attack through the face-book and publications of filth, innuendoes, intimidation threats, barefaced assaults, lies and character assassination by politicians of calumny who have sold their conscience like Judas Ischariot. Be it known to all that 99.9% of the people of Du are not aware or associate themselves with politicians who clamour to remain in power at all cost. Is it to steal and kill the state? Are they trying to remain in power to cover some leads of cankerworms during this administration? God forbid. This group, as usual, pontificates, moralize and ride rough-shot on the age-long and timeless integrity, respect and honour of Du people built for centuries. They appear like sheep, but wolves in character. Du people have not forced any one to give their they support as they appeared to be angelic but cantankerous.
My good people of Plateau State I speak on behalf of Du Elders of conscience and as an elder state man, not only of Plateau State but of Nigeria, I am one of the great, great grandsons of Du Bwutt, the founder and progenitor of Du District.
Greed for power and political ingratitude is not in our blood. Greed for power has emerged from demented brains that have produced mental and political indigestion in the society. Shun them!
Du people by this document disassociate themselves from any Du son or daughter who aspires to contest the post of Governor unless conceded by the people. Or House of Representatives nor for the State House of Assembly. Less than 0.05% of Du sons and daughters have enjoyed governance for the past eight interrupted years. It is now the turn of others, for they are also Plateau State people and Plateau belongs to them – Zawan and Shen must be considered for elective and appointive positions come 2015.
The People of Plateau State must reject in totality any hegemonic local imperialism or political imposition from any “self acclaimed political “god” of the state” unless we are political idiots that can easily be enticed by money or goods during campaigns. Who is a political idiot or political harlot? It is one who sells his or her soul and conscience for money. You have not died during the past eight years of neglect. You can not perish now. If you are a coward, you may succumb to the whims and caprices of political manipulation of dictatorships and tyranny. If you are a democratic gentleman, use your vote right and vote for men and women of honour, respect and integrity. Must I remind you that power intoxicates and that it intoxicates absolutely?
I must conclude by reminding you that there are men and women or the Lazaruses of Du, whom you ignorantly persecute. They sleep on empty stomachs, can’t afford a quarter of a gallon to run their cars or motor cycles, can’t afford medical care and die and are buried unannounced. Mark Twin once said, “Of all animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of it”.
Micah the Prophet said it too, that “The good man is perished out of the earth (Du) and there is non upright among men: They all lie in wait for Blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net” (Micah 7:2)
Do not be bought or sold. Paul said; “This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those who are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lover of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness but denying the power there of: from such turn away”. 2Tim 3:1 – 5. I say turn away from any Du man who wants to be Governor Member House of Representatives, House of Assembly or one clamouring to be Deputy Governor as an ambassador of incredulity.
For the planet earth to survive, we must be prepared to be like Moses and Elijah. E.G White said in The Greatest Want of The World. “The Greatest want of the world is the want of men, men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the poles men who will stand for the truth though the heavens fall”.
TOMA JANG DAVOU
On Behalf of Du Elders of Conscience