When civil servants from the newly-created Benue State were leaving Jos for home on the demise of Benue-Plateau State on February 3, 1976, my friend, Peter, a Russian-trained civil engineer, came to my office at the Nigeria Standard to bid me good bye. Peter walks with a swagger. With a pronounced swagger that day, he sauntered into my office, always a cheerful man.
As he was about to leave, he said to me, “Dan, the Plateau people are saying we will die of heat in Makurdi. Well, we will surprise them because we will air-condition the whole of Makurdi.