Tiv Community Applauds Gov. Lalong for Appointing Their Kinsman
The Zaramaganda District of the Seven Days Adventist Church in Jos South local Government of Plateau State over the weekend played host to Tiv Community who joined other Adventists in thanksgiving to God for using Governor Simon Bako Lalong to give the Tiv community in Plateau a sense of belonging by appointing one of
their kinsmen, Bar. Steven Abah to serve in his cabinet.
Barr. Abah, a Jos based legal practitioner who hails from Benue State, is among those appointed by Governor Simon Lalong to serve as Member of the Plateau State Judicial Service Commission.
According to the leader of the Tiv Community in Plateau State, Chief Peter S. Apeh the appointment of Bar. Steven Abah is worth celebrating, saying that since Benue State was created out of Plateau state in 1976, no government until the present Government of Lalong which recognizes that Tiv citizens still reside in the state.
Chief Apeh who commended the Governor for keeping faith with the spirit that the Tiv People and Plateau people once lived together in pursuance of a common goal and pledged to support him and prayed God to enable him succeed.
Speaking on behalf of the Plateau State Governor, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Bar. Jonathan Mawiyau expressed joy with the appointment of Bar. Abah.
He said such appointments should be used to reflect in our minds that whatever a man sows that he shall reap.
“Bar. Steven Abah’s appointment is not just a favour done to him, but the fruit of his labour. There is no question of saying, why appointing a non- indigene? He merits it. I worked closely with him. His stay in the Plateau State judiciary has positioned him as one of the most respected lawyers.
“And what he is doing today is a fulfillment of scripture, where in the gospel books we were told that ten lepers got the miracle of healing and one of them returned to thank God, and the one that returned give thanks to God was a stranger”.
According to him, Steven Abah was almost killed in Jos South and Jos East during the elections that brought Governor Lalong, “because he narrowly escaped death in Jos South while trying to defend the votes that brought in the present administration”.
“Again when he was sent to Jos East during the Senatorial election he worked diligently to see that truth prevailed and there again he narrowly escaped death. So, Barr. Abah has worked for this government and deserve such honour”.
The leading Pastor of the Church, Pastor Joseph Micha commended Governor Simon Bako Lalong for finding one of their own worthy to serve in his cabinet and promised that as a church they will not relent in their prayer to God to continue to sustain the peace in Plateau State.
He said that for Steven being from Benue State and has been found worthy for the appointment is a demonstration of a true Christian lifestyle as according to him, the Governor has proven that he is a leader for all.
The cleric said most people have been elevated but have never thought it wise to offer thanksgiving as done by Bar. Abah and charged him to consider his appointment for a purpose hence the need for him to justify the confidence reposed in him by doing his best to bring the desired change that the people are yearning for.
Responding the celebrant, Barr. Abah commended the State government and the entire Plateau people for their prayers and support and assured that by the grace of God, he will not disappoint Tiv people and the government.
Describing Governor Lalong as a listening governor, the celebrant called on the Tiv community to rise up and accord the needed support to enable him succeed so as to make Plateau a better place.