By Joel Gomiyer, Jos

The chief imam of Nghar village, Gashish District of Barkin  Ladi LGA of Plateau state, Imam Abdullahi Abubakar is to be given a National award by President Muhammadu  Buhari for saving the lives of over 300 Christian villagers during the recent herdsmen attacked in Plateau's Barkin Ladi Local Government Area that claimed over 200 lives.

Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau state announced this at a three-day Peace and Security Conference with the theme " Resurgence of Violent Attack in Plateau State: Forging a Multi Stakeholders Partnership for Peace and Security " held in Jos, the Plateau state capital.

According to governor Lalong, President Buhari, was moved by the 'heroic' gesture of the 83yr old Imam, hence his invitation to the imam through the governor for a "Presidential handshake' and National Honour.

Governor Simon Lalong described Imam Abubakar as a rear gem in the present society, saying what he did is inline with God injunction in all the holy Books and urged not only religious leaders but all citizens to emulate such.

"The imam didn't only save Plateau indigent but Nigerians as such, I think he deserve the national honour as well thought by President Muhammadu  Buhari"
Lalong said.

Apart from the National honour that will be confer on the Chief imam, governor Lalong also said been a sitting governor of the stated he is also making a plan to present an offer to the imam despite his old age.

He said he is making a process for the day to embark on the journey to Aso Villa with the 83 year old Imam Abubakar as soon as possible as demanded by the President.

It would be recalled that the story of imam Abubakar went viral on the social media on how he saved the lives of over 300 natives of Gindin Akwati and it's environs in a Mosque and his House despite threat to his life by the attackers who Stormed the Village on Motorbikes with guns and Machetes shutting and killing the natives who are Christian.

The three-day peace and security Conference by the Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA) was hinged on the theme, "Resurgence of Violent Attacks in Plateau State: forging a Multi Stakeholders Partnership for Peace and Security."

The essence, the Director General of the agency, Joseph Lengman said was to mobilize stakeholders towards proffering lasting solutions to the reoccurring violence in the state.