By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” Worried by the frequent sectarian crises in Plateau State, traditional rulers from states constituting the old Benue-Plateau State met in the Plateau State capital yesterday in an effort to find a solution to the problem.
Prominent traditional rulers from Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states joined their counterparts in Plateau to discuss the issue with a resolve that a solution must be found to the problem besetting their once peaceful old capital which used to be a source of pride.
Speaker after speaker recalled with nostalgia how the various ethnic groups cohabited peacefully in Jos in those days despite ethnic and religious differences and wondered why religion and ethnicity had suddenly become a source of strife.
Convener of the meeting, the Aku Uka of Wukari, Taraba State, Dr. Shekarau Angyu said since Christianity and Islam preached peaceful co-existence and good neighbourliness, killing and destroying property could not be of God.
He said anyone who kills in the name of religion was therefore hell bound adding, â€œWe have lived peacefully for so long to fully integrate us as a peopleâ€.
He urged government, community and religious leaders to embark on enlightenment of the people to appreciate the importance of peaceful co_existence.
Also speaking, the Tor Tiv and Chairman of Benue State Traditional Council, Dr. Alfred Torkula said the situation in Jos had become a source of worry for those that lived there before and who still have property in the city.
â€œWhat is going on, if it is not checked, we donâ€™t know how it will eventually end.
The chief host and Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Gyang Buba, in welcoming the traditional rulers and other participants thanked them for their concern for the happenings in Plateau State and appealed for open and frank discussions that would help achieve the desired objective.
He said every Nigerian had the constitutional right to reside in any part of the country without discrimination but stressed the need to respect one another and learn to resolve issues amicably wherever they live.