Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has reiterated his stance that all lives matter to his administration as far as the state is concerned.
He said that as father to all, he does not discriminate against anyone, stressing that his philosophy is to equate one life with all other lives and that the death of any one is injurious to him.
According to the governor, “Perhaps, I’m the only one who knows how deeply hurt I feel when I hear of the death of any Taraba citizen due to crisis or, as a matter of fact, for any other reasons. Of all the things Taraba people look up to me for is the preservation of their lives and properties. it is number one. If I fail to protect them, then I’ve really failed.
“So that’s why I said I would give my life; I would rather be sacrificed than any Taraba person, no matter their tribes, religion or status because of any violence. It won’t happen under my watch and I mean it. I would not sleep until there is peace everywhere there.”
Ishaku made these assertions at a dinner he held with some selected Editors of various newspapers in Abuja. In his opening remarks, Ishaku said the era of keeping the media out of government activities is gone as the emphasis is on partnership. He said he is a beneficiary of the work of journalists especially in ensuring that people’s mandate is protected. He noted that the dinner was designed to foster better relationships between the state and the media.
He said, “I consider myself a friend of the media and have always sought ways to have a better relationship. Back in our state, we are actively pursuing the digitisation project of our television and radio outfits. We now have 17 hours of television and the radio is also enhanced because we have phased out obsolete equipment. We believe someday we can have 24 hours TV. We have a newspaper, the ‘Sunrise Newspaper’ that has now relapsed but we are working hard to revive it. What we did was to take their over 80 staff members and subsume them into other ministries for their salaries. When we are done with digitising, we shall go back to the paper.”