Saturday, May 28, 2011

I went through hell, says Jang

Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State, on Friday, said that he suffered as the Chief Executive of the state in the last few years due to the incessant Jos crises.

“I fought the civil war from the beginning to the end but I never saw anything like what we went through in the last two and half years of my administration,” he said. “There would be no problem before you went to bed only for you to be woken up to hear that there was an attack here and there.”

He said at some point, he had contemplated leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for his opponents if only that would bring peace back to the state in view of alleged politicisation of the crisis. “But God said don’t go anywhere but remain in PDP and he would see me through the 2011,” he said. “It was at that point I made up my mind to stand till the end, if I perish, I perish.”

Jang said that he acknowledged the hand of God in his victory at the 2011 governorship poll after he fought “eight political Goliaths” and emerged victorious over them.

“If not God, how can eight people fighting against me buy nomination forms for N5 million each but didn’t know when God made them to forfeit it and left for other political parties?,” he said. “Anyone in this country who doesn’t believe that there is God should come to Plateau and he will see God.”

He expressed optimism that the crisis in the state was now over in view of the calm that had returned in the past few months, adding that he had forgiven his enemies.

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