I’m not responsible for impeachment of former Speaker – Lalong

Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong yesterday cleared the air on the insinuation making the rounds in the social media, alleging that he had a hand in the impeachment of former Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Nuhu Abok Ayuba.

Governor Lalong made the disclosure while responding to a submission by a Jos-based Christian cleric, Prophet Isa El-Buba at the Annual Thanksgiving Service of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) held at the Jesus Power Crusaders International Assembly, Jos, where the cleric asked the Governor to restore stability in the House after the recent impeachment of the former Speaker and the election of Rt. Hon. Yakubu Sanda.

Lalong said, “The House of Assembly is an autonomous body that runs its affairs independently. You will recall that I was the first Governor in Nigeria to sign into law the Autonomy Bill when it was passed. I did that because of my passion for democratic growth and the strengthening of the Institution.

Having served as a Speaker who was also impeached, I have no hand in the running of the House, not to talk of the change in its leadership. They run their affairs and do as they wish, based on their rules and the law.”

The Governor also advised the citizens, particularly the leaders of thought, to always verify information and also engage before taking position on any matter such as the impeachment story that has been widely misrepresented.

He advised those who have concerns to reach out to the members and get the complete picture before reaching conclusions. He called for prayers and support for those in authority.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in his message, said Nigeria is a great country with huge potentials, which needs to be nurtured and built by its citizens. He said though the current challenges were huge, there is biblical support to the fact that things will change for the better in no distant time. He urged Nigerians to speak well of their country and not use confess negatively.

PFN President Bishop Wale Oke, in his sermon, said the challenges Nigeria was facing were prevalent and appear daunting, but will surely be overcome according to God’s promises.

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