Senator Joshua Dariye.

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – Former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye has commended the prayers and solidarity of everyone who worked for his pardon and subsequent release from prison and said God has disappointed those who tried to frustrate his return to the State.

Senator Dariye also appreciated what he termed as the magnanimity of President Muhammadu Buhari in granting him and former Governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame as well as others the pardon that saw to his release from prison.

Speaking in Jos on Wednesday where a mammoth crowd welcome him from the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Heipang to the palace of the Gbong Gwom Jos, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, the JNI, Government House to the Langfield event centre, he asked that citizens continue to work to ensure a better Plateau State.

His word, “We are here to rejoice, this is the day God has made, let me thank President Muhammadu Buhari, he was so magnanimous and gracious in granting us this pardon, myself and Nyame are co-beneficiaries of this gesture. That is why I am here to say thank you. If not for your prayers, collective solidarity, and determination, I will not have been here.

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“Some people wanted to block the wheel of progress, I would have been languishing somewhere in Gwagwalada but God has disappointed them so that His name will be glorified. Plateau will continue to go forward and never backward again. Today is not a day of speech but I hope you have your PVC?”

Diverse speakers at the event including Baba Mafuyai, Senator Timothy Adudu, Theresa Azi, Dr. Patrick Dakum and others expressed joy at Senator Dariye’s return saying the crowd from different political parties, religions and tribes gathered at the event is a testimony that his coming is promoting unity in the State.