Governor of Plateau State and factional Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Jonah Jang, says he has started the process of replacing those he termed as “old brigades” with younger ones in Plateau politics.
Said he: “We have set machineries in motion to weed the old brigades from contesting in future polls as a way of minimising corruption in the system”.
Speaking on Friday in Jos, the Plateau State capital, at a lecture to commemorate his 70th birthday, Jang said that the old politicians in Plateau had refused to mentor the young ones to succeed them.
“The reason we have a lot of rot in the system is that the old politicians have deliberately refused to groom the young generation of politicians.
“We are ready to mentor the young politicians so as to take over from us.
“We are not against the old politicians, but we want those patriotic young people to take over the mantle of leadership from us”, he said.
Speaking earlier, the Senate President, David Mark, called on all those holding political office to emulate the good leadership qualities of Jang.
“Governor Jang is reliable, honest and committed to uplift the living standards of the common man in the society.
“Jang is committed to his principles and ideologies of salvaging the rural folks from misery, hunger and diseases”, he said.
The senate president lauded the organizers of the event to honour Jang, who he described as a friend, associate and colleague during their military days.
In his on remarks, Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Prof. Shedrack Best, said that the lecture was organised to provoke ideas that had link with the survival of the nation.
“The lecture has been designed in such a way that most of the nagging political problems facing the Middle-belt and Nigeria will be trashed”, he said.