However some have interpreted this as a move to secure a place in the hearts of the electorates, ahead of the 2019 general elections. Here are photos of the Governor with the groundnut seller;
Recall that few months ago, the convoy of Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State was on Saturday attacked by Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Jos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the incident occurred when Lalong visited one of the IDPs at Zawan to give relief materials to the victims.
Stones were thrown at the governor’s car and the vehicles of his entourage that included his Deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden. Windscreen of many cars were smashed but the governor escaped unhurt as stones could not penetrate his bullet proof car.
When Governor Lalong arrived at the IDP camp, the displaced persons started murmuring: “We don’t want relief materials, we want to go back to our ancestral homes”.
Lalong, in an address before the stoning, assured the people that the State Government would do what it could to address challenges being faced by the Internally Displaced Persons. The governor said he visited the IDP camp to see for himself the condition of the displaced persons and ensure that they received the relief materials released.
He urged them to be patient as government was working hard to ensure that their security is guaranteed before they are relocated to their homes. Governor Lalong, who said government will hunt and arrest their attackers, reiterated that he would not allow their ancestral land to be grabbed.
During the attack which happened barely three weeks after a similar incident at the Government House, over five vehicles were said to have been destroyed. The enraged IDPs were part of the over 11,000 victims who were displaced after the killing of over 200 persons by suspected Fulani herdsmen in about three LGAs.