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Christian youths fault mass burial of Jos crisis victims

By Taye Obateru

Jos — The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, YOUTH CAN, in Plateau State has faulted the mass burial given to supposed Muslim victims of the crisis in the state capital, saying some of them could be Christians.

Reacting to the mass burial given to about 300 Muslims, allegedly killed in the violence, by the Muslim community, President of the wing, Mr. Adamu Bala, said the manner dead bodies were picked and taken to the mosque without proper verification of their identities was not right.

He said the actual number of Christians killed had not been ascertained, but described it as massive, adding that families have been burying their dead making it difficult to determine the number.

“We have a problem with picking up corpses and burying them on the assumption that they are Muslims. We know that after the 28 November 2008 crisis, quite a number of people were taken to the mosque and among them were Christians.

“My name, for example is Adamu Bala. Assuming that I am wearing a kaftan and you find my corpse or you even find my identification card, you could indeed take my corpse to bury alongside Muslims’. So, I don’t want to believe that all those corpses they took and buried are Muslims,” he said.

“It is known that a lot of Christians were killed by fake military people and even some of the genuine ones in this crisis,” he added.

He urged the National Assembly, the Presidency and the international community to do everything to get to the root of frequent crisis in Jos, saying that Christians have never initiated any religious crisis anywhere. “Christians have always been victims and we are being pushed to the wall,” he said.

Gov Jang searches for solution

Meanwhile, Governor Jonah Jang began consultations with various stakeholders and interest groups towards finding a solution to recurring crises in the state.

At a meeting with the state Traditional Council, heads of religious organisations and the Inter-Religious Council for Peace and Harmony, the governor said all should come together to end violence in the state.


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