By Taye Obateru
Jos – The South-South community in Plateau State is demanding for two billion naira compensation for losses suffered by its members during the November 28 crisis in the state capital.
Presenting a memorandum on behalf of the community, yesterday, the President-General, Smart Irabor said people from the South-South suffered great losses next to the Igbo and the Yoruba during the crisis.
He warned that the constant ethno-religious crisis in Plateau State was a threat to the unity of the country hence the need to find a quick solution to it.
He said people from the South-South had co-existed peacefully with the indigenes of the state since the 1820s, to be joined later by the Yoruba but had never laid claim to be indigenes as the Hausa are doing.
Irabor faulted the insistence of the Hausa in Jos on controlling the affairs of Jos North Local Government blaming this for the frequent crises in the area.
He said there were a lot of Hausa people doing business in South-South states without molestation and wondered why people from those same states should be made to suffer unjustly whenever there was crisis elsewhere.
â€œIf we are not needed, we should be told to relocate to our states. It cannot be one Nigeria, if we continue to suffer unjustly. Beside Igbos and Yorubas, no other ethnic group suffered like the South-South,â€ he noted.