Jos crisis: Unending tussle, no winner, no medal

August 20, 2021

Every life is sacrosanct. I condemn in totality all killings being perpetrated in every part of Plateau in the name of ethnic, religious or political crisis. Is the negative image created for the state in the eyes of other states and the international community, not enough?

My question to those ethnic and religious bigots who often cause crisis in the state is; which medal have you won for your religion/ethnic group by killing innocent people? Is it gold, bronze or silver?

I ask again, as a conflict merchant or entrepreneur, how much profit have you made out of the crisis that you have created as a result of your actions or inactions. Does the blood money make you to be the richest person in the world or in Africa, Nigeria or even on the Plateau?

To those unscrupulous politicians, how many more people do you want to see being killed in the name of winning sympathy and love by your fellow ethnic/religious group just to achieve your political and selfish interest?

The recent ugly incident that happened on Saturday, 14th August, where innocent travellers were waylaid and brutally killed along Rukuba road, off Gada-biyu, in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau, will continue to create bad image for the state and its citizens, both within and outside the country.

Unfortunately, this is coming at a time where the good and peace-loving people in the state were enjoying a relative peace and businesses have started booming.

Building a lasting peace on the Plateau requires a lot of sincere commitments, not just from the state government or security agencies alone, the citizens have a greater role to play.

Anyone arrested in connection with any crisis in the state no matter his background or social status, should be charged to court for immediate prosecution to serve as deterrence to others and forestall possible reprisal.

The state government must start taking responsibility for any life lost as a result of crisis in the state, irrespective of their religious or ethnic background since it is its constitutional responsibility to protect and safeguard the lives and property of every citizen, travellers passing through the state inclusive.

And finally the citizens, what would you stand to benefit by destroying what you cannot create? God, the Almighty, created humans and made us into different nations and races so that we understand ourselves, but not to destroy one another.

Mohammed Bashir Musa,

Plateau State.


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