The embattled Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State emerged yesterday from a crucial session with President Goodluck Jonathan, with a declaration that while he agreed with the President to ensure peace in the state, he is not God to end the Jos crises.
The Governor who was in Aso Rock for over four hours was visibly angry as he managed to take few questions from State House Correspondents, when he was approached for comment on the outcome of his talks with the President.
He also described as a normal and routine military exercise the presidential directive to the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Oluseyi Pentirin to take over the security in Plateau state as normal, since the military taskforce was already on the ground in the state.
He added that nothing was wrong with the directive for CDS to take full charge of security in the state saying “it is normal and the CDS is usually in charge of situations where military task forces such as the one in Plateau State are operational”. He then expressed confidence in the CDS to discharge the president’s directive.
Below is the full text of the brief question and answer session with reporters:
How was your meeting with the President?
My coming here is routine and I briefed him, I have given him my report on Plateau state. It was very cordial ,and everything is well.
Don’t you think the presidential directive was a subtle way of imposing the state of emergency?
Well, go and read your constitution. I am not God to end Jos crisis.
Was it not an indication that you have failed?
Already the task force has been under the command of the president, therefore it is not an indication that the security has been taken over from the state. We hope to end the crisis.
People are saying that the crisis is out of control.
Is Plateau the only place that has security problem? Security situation is all over the country, so why are you so particular about Plateau state.
Do you trust him?
Yes I trust him.
Fellow Nigerians, let the world hear your opinion on the current Jos crisis. Do you agree or disagree with Governor Jang’s statement ‘that only God can end this humanitarian crisis’ in the middle belt region?