Nathaniel Gbaoron, Lafia
Taraba State governor, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku, has dissociated himself from an unsigned statement currently circulating on various social media platforms which he was purported to have made.
He was portrayed in the statement to be lamenting on the security situation in Taraba State in apparent helplessness and accusing the Federal Government of neglecting the people of the state.
The governor denied in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu, that he was not the author of the said statement and never authorized anybody to issue such a statement on his behalf.
Part of the statement reads, “The statement is the handiwork of agents of mischief bent on portraying the governor in bad light and bringing him into unnecessary conflict and confrontation with the Federal Government and the nation’s security agencies on the issue of security.
“Gov Ishaku is impressed with the efforts of the security agencies so far to secure lives and properties in Taraba State and has encouraged them with logistical supports several times, the most recent being the distribution of brand new Hilux vehicles to all arms of the security agencies in the state on Monday, December 20, 2021.”
The statement further said that less than a week ago, Gov Ishaku met with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Villa and both discussed issues bordering on security in Taraba State. “It is, therefore, unexpected that Gov Ishaku will take to the media with a statement of this nature to condemn the federal government on the same issue soon after.
“This attempt by anarchists and agents of distabilization has again failed,” the statement said.
In addition, the governor commended the security agencies in Taraba State for the peace currently being enjoyed in the state and enjoined them not to relent until the state is completely rid of all forms of insurgency, kidnapping and robbery. He also urged the good people of Taraba and Nigerians in general to ignore and discard the said statement as an act of mischief by enemies of peace and progress in the state.