Plateau Government is working towards an inclusive state for all faiths and ethnic groups, Gov. Caleb Mutfwang has said.
Mutfwang stated this on Tuesday in Jos when he received members of New Life for All, a religious group, on a courtesy visit.
The group was led by its President, Rev. Panya Baba.
Mutfwang, while highlighting some efforts his administration had taken to ensure inclusivity of all faiths and ethnic groups, said the goal was to build a united Plateau.
“This administration has taken deliberate measures to ensure inclusivity of all faiths and ethnic groups within the government.
“The essential goal is to build a united and prosperous Plateau.
“If you recall the myriad of security challenges that plagued the state before, and immediately after we came in, you will understand the efforts we have made to restore religious tolerance, unity and our lost glory.
“We have not relented; more efforts are being made to transform the state to a more tolerant space for people of all tribes and religious inclinations.
“I must, therefore, use this opportunity to commend the New Life for All, for their contribution to uniting the Christian community.
“The Church’s contribution to nation building, character development and other areas like health and education must be commended,” he said.
Responding, Baba condoled the governor on the unfortunate attacks on the people of Mangu and other parts of Plateau.
He commended the governor for addressing the security situation and offered prayers for divine intervention.
“As a group, we want to extend our condolences to your excellency on the series of losses we have suffered as a people over the past couple of months due to religious and ethnic conflicts.
“The pain from such losses can never be overemphasised. We pray such acts have indeed come to an end in Plateau and may God continue to secure us and our beloved state.
“We want to assure you, sir, of New Life for All’s continued support for the government and the people of Plateau,” he said.