Senate President David Mark on Wednesday appealed to aggrieved parties in Plateau to lay down their arms, embrace dialogue and restore lasting peace to the state.
Mark made the call in Abuja during a valedictory session in honour of the late Sen. Gyang Dantong.
In an address entitled: “The Death of the People’s Hero”, Mark urged the warring parties to make renewed commitment to peace so as not to allow Dantong’s death to be in vain.
“In the end he paid the ultimate price for freedom, human dignity and peaceful coexistence in the Plateau. Having paid this supreme sacrifice, his death must not be in vain, peace must now return to Plateau state.
“If peace does not return to Plateau, then his death would have been in vain. For the sake of our brother and our friend, the late distinguished Sen. Gyang Dalyop Dantong and all those who lost their lives in Plateau State, I urge all the warring parties to sheath their swords and return to the dialogue table like brothers and sisters.”
While paying his last respects, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said the year was a challenging period for the country given the huge number of people who lost their lives.
He said it was difficult to understand why a peace loving, industrious and hardworking man such as Dantong would die at such a time and under such circumstances. NAN