18th May, 2013
Jonah Jang, governor of the central and volatile state of Plateau on Saturday in Jos described President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration of emergency rule in three states as the best decision for the country.
Jang made the declaration while speaking to newsmen on arrival at the Jos Airport after a three-week trip abroad.
“Our president knows better as the chief security officer of this country, and he has acted in the interest of all citizens. Without peace, there is no way Nigeria can enjoy the patronage of investors. Peace is a prerequisite for investment, development and growth.
“Ours is to support everything the President is doing, so that we can bring total peace to our country,’’ he said.
The governor said he and some others were just back from an investment summit in Canada aimed at attracting investors to the country.
He however said peace had to be in place for the trip to yield fruits, saying “without peace, no one will come and invest here.’’
Jang said this was why he saw the emergency rule as a welcome development.
“It is a welcome development, especially as the political structures are still in place,’’ he said. In 2004, former President olusegun Obasanjo declared a state of emergency in Jang’s Plateau state, but sacked the incumbent governor, Joshua Dariye.
The governor said the delegation had fruitful deliberations with various investors in different sectors of Canada, and they had expressed their willingness to invest in Plateau.
Jang was among some governors, as well as ministers and members of National Assembly who accompanied Vice-President Namadi Sambo to Canada. In Canada, they attended a Business Investment Summit.