A former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, on Tuesday said he has the capability to restore peace in the troubled Nasarawa State.
Mr. Maku said this at the Peoples’ Democratic, PDP, office in Lafia when a coalition of youth groups presented him with the party’s nomination form which they bought.
Mr. Maku said he will lay the foundation for the makeover of the state into a model for peace and development.
“I am equipped and prepared and I have all the skills and the leadership qualities required to return this state to peace and development,” Mr. Maku said.
Mr. Maku had alongside six other ministers resigned on October 15 after declaring their intention to run for gubernatorial seat in the various states.
Nasarawa State has witnessed a wave of violence between the Eggon, the Ombatse militia and Alago youth in Obi local government area of the state.
In March, 2014, a report by the state’s Commission of Inquiry indicted a serving senator, Solomon Ewuga, representing Nasarawa North Senatorial District; and Haruna Kigbu, a House of Representative member representing Lafia Obi Federal Constituency as those feuding crisis between the tribes.
The commission’s report also indicted officials of Eggon Cultural Development Association, ECDA, and Eggon Youth Movement, EYM, as promoters of the militia group.
The former minister, however, said when elected as Nasarawa State governor, he would make peace and security his priority in order to create the conducive environment for development to thrive.
He pledged to bring revolution in agriculture and explore the solid minerals potentials in the state in order to create wealth and employment.
He also said a new programme for the transformation of the settlements around Abuja into modern cities would be unveiled on his assumption of office. This he said “would replace slums around the Federal Capital Territory”.
Also speaking, the Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Nassarawa State Chapter, Usman Abdulhakim, said the youths decided to contribute money for the former minister’s nomination form because he represented the hope and aspirations of the youths of the state.