…promises to find solution to ethno-religious crises
By Taye Obateru
Josâ€”Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan visited the crisis-ridden parts of the Plateau State capital yesterday, promising that necessary steps would be taken to avoid a repeat of the violence in the state or elsewhere in the country.
Speaking to newsmen after going round the areas devastated by the mayhem and some of the camps for displaced person, he said the Federal Government was deeply saddened by the situation and would do its utmost to find a solution to it.
â€œWe want to ensure that the crisis doesnâ€™t spread to other parts of the country. The security agencies have been doing wonderfully well, otherwise by now it would have spread to other states.
â€œSince this incident happened, we have been meeting everyday at the highest security level and you can see with me here, the Chief of Defence Staff, Minister of Police Affairs and others. We have been meeting to see that the crisis does not spread and even to bring it under control quickly,â€ he said.
The Vice President who was accompanied by six state governors said they were carefully selected across the various geo-political zones to enable them return to brief their fellow governors on how to ensure that the violence does not spread.
Commends security agencies
He commended the various security agencies for containing the crisis and ensuring that it does not spread to other states.
According to him, â€œwe have all been talking and putting our heads together. We held meeting with the leadership of Plateau State. We will work with them to ensure that this would be the last. We as human being should be able to come up with policies and programmes to achieve this.
â€œWe should talk to ourselves and stop this carnage. It does not help anybody. In crisis like this, nobody gains, we are all losers. The governor has been trying his best meeting with various interest groups that would bring an end to a re-occurrence of such crisis. We must put an end to this and this must be the last.â€
Governor Jonah Jang and top dignitaries from the state received the Vice President and his entourage before they drove to the Government House.
He was subsequently taken to the Air Force Primary School where some displaced persons are camping, as well as, Rikkos, Nasarawa, Congo-Russia, Ring Road, Bukuru, Kuru Jenta and other affected areas .
The governors on the entourage were Bukola Saraki of Kwara, Aliyu Babangida of Niger, Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun, Isa Yuguda of Bauchi and representatives of those of Enugu and Bayelsa states.
Addressing displaced persons at the Police Staff College, Dr. Jonathan sympathized with them, pledging that necessary steps would be taken to avoid a reoccurrence.
Governor Saraki who spoke as leader of the Governorsâ€™ Forum appealed for calm, adding that all the governors sympathized with the government and people of the state at this trying period.