Barely a week after the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) visited President Muhammadu Buhari to cry over the persistent 'herdsmen attacks' in Plateau State, Gov. Simon Lalong on Wednesday met its leadership in company of over 50 appointees.

Lalong had missed the official opening of the Church's General Council meeting on Tuesday while on an on-the-spot assessment of recently attacked areas in the State's Gashish district, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.

His long time in-party rival, Barr. Solomon Dalung, the Nigerian Youth and Sports Minister who was at the opening had lashed him for not doing "his job".

Dalung was speaking on the recent COCIN visit to the Presidential villa, for which he claimed he was being made enemy.

Gov. Lalong in his remarks at the meeting however said at no point has the Rescue Administration under his watch contemplated abandoning the Plateau project "as is being insinuated for cheap political relevance."

He highlighted efforts by his government to ensure peace and religious freedom in the State.

According to Lalong, "Plateau is a project in God's hands," assuring of sustained partnership with relevant bodies including faith based organizations to grow the State.

"I must confess my visit to Gashish yesterday was the second in ever but again, my going there has kick-started the process of resettlement for the displaced persons," he said.

Lalong pledged to study and speedily implement the State's resettlement committee report submitted on Monday while announcing strides so far in conflict resolution and reconciliation after the June attacks that led to over 200 deaths in the State.

The Governor however appealed for closer working relationships between the Church and government for mutual understanding.

He disputed the figures given by the Church on the population of Internally Displaced Persons in the State, saying they are far below government records.

He said, "If we work together, we will be able to get the correct position on issues and be on the same page."

The COCIN President, Rev. Dr. Dachollom Datiri applauding the Governor for visiting the attacked communities and speeding the needs assessment process through the resettlement committee set up in July.

He however stated that the Church was not in opposition to government as being insinuated.

"When we say we don't agree with you on something, it is not that we dislike you but we want you to succeed," the Church leader said.