JOS CRISIS: JANG SAYS LEADERS MUST BE SINCERE
Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang said for peace to prevail in the state, political leaders must be sincere and say the truth on Jos crisis.He said if “its Plateau State today, it could be somewhere else again. But I don’t pray so.”J
ang stated this yesterday shortly after meeting with Acting President Goodluck Jonathan along with seven of his colleagues in neighbouring states and the Chief Solomon Lar-led 15-member presidential advisory committee on Jos crisis at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The committee’s interim report submitted to Jonathan last week recommended series of meetings with Jonathan, Jang and his colleagues in neighbouring states as well as with the Sultan of Sokoto in order to work out a solution to the protracted communal crises in the state.
He said, “It’s good that we sit down, until we have peace in the North it will be difficult for investors to come and do business. Nobody will like to come and set up a business and tomorrow, it will be set on fire. I believe that if we are sincere, the leadership of this nation is on our shoulders and we owe it a duty to future generations to ensure that there is harmony, there is religious tolerance and understanding.” Lar said the meeting was part of the peace process to enable neighbouring states provide their inputs into the crisis because of its character and nature.
“I want to inform you that we had a wonderful discussion with the neighbouring governors and very soon by the grace of God, peace will return to Jos.
“It is very important because the character and the nature of the problem has taken a new dimension in the sense that those who are affected don’t live in one place they are all over the neighbouring states. After this discussion, we will go back and take necessary action to implement what we have discussed.” Lar said.
Governors present at yesterday’s meeting were Namadi Sambo of Kaduna, Aliyu Akwe Doma of Nasarawa, Jonah Jang of Plateau , Sule Lamido of Jigawa and Danbaba Suntai of Taraba. Isa Yuguda of Bauchi, Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano and Murtala Nyako of Adamawa were represented by their deputies Alhaji Babayo Garba Gamawa, Engineer Abdullahi Gwarzo and Bala Ngilari respectively.
Jonathan set up the committee in February during a consultative meeting at the State House, Abuja following the January 17 sectarian violence in Jos that left over 300 hundred dead.
The committee was directed to examine the issues surrounding the recurrent violence in the state and work out ways towards a lasting solution to the recurrent Jos crisis.