By JIDAUNA DARING
THE commander, Special Task Force (STF) Plateau State, Major General Augustine Agundu has called on citizens of Plateau to eschew all forms of violence in their various communities in the state.
Major General, Agundu made the call while addressing participants at a peace road walk organized by Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA) which started at the state secretariat Junction and ended at Forgiveness Garden in Jos, Tuesday.
He expressed happiness with the large turnout of the people for the road walk, adding that it was to climax the total restoration of peace on the Plateau.
He appreciated the effort of the peace agency for always preaching peace to all and sundry and urged all those that attended the walk to take the message of peace to others.
The Commander said that the STF would continue to do everything possible to ensure that the relative peace being enjoyed in the state was sustained.
He maintained that violence does not do anyone good, hence the need for people to imbibe the culture of forgiveness at all times.
Director General, Plateau Peace Building Agency, Mr. Joseph Lengmang said that he was elated with the responses of the people, especially for honoring the invitation given them.
Mr. Lengmang said that the agency thought it wise to bring all the stakeholders together during the road walk as part of its programme to celebrate this year’s International Peace Day which is celebrated every September 21 of each year.
He affirmed that the large turnout of the people was a clear demonstration of their commitment towards promoting peace and urged the people of the state to put aside religious, tribal and political differences, in order to work for peace unity of the state.
He added that the event was also geared towards bringing the agenda of forgiveness unity and healing, saying that the state has been wounded in the past, adding that there can never be peace without unity of purpose.
Mr. Lengmang together with other participants were also at the palace Gbong Gwom Jos thanked the Gbong Gwom Jos his Majesty Da Jacob Buba for receiving them at the Palace, which he said has further demonstrated his love for peace in the state.
Da Jacob Buba while speaking to the people cautioned youths against drugs abuse which he said was very alarming in the Northern Nigeria and advised the youths to stop destroying their future.
Various speakers spoke at the event insisting that peace has no replacement.