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Jos killings: I’ve been wrongly accused, says GOC

By Kingsley Omonobi
Against the backdrop of renewed killings in the Riyom area of Jos and attacks on Dogon Na Hauwa in which 215 persons mostly women and children lost their lives to attacks from Fulani herdsmen, General Officer Commanding,  3 Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Saleh Maina, has said Nigerians criticising him for the mayhem have been unfair to him.

“I am a human being with family. I know what it means to lose a loved one or a family member, so, I cannot under any circumstances, sit back and knowingly allow people to be killed as some are trying to portray it,” he said.

The GOC, who was at Army Headquarters, Abuja, to attend a meeting, said as an officer,  all citizens,  including Muslims and Christians are one people and that the army personnel were trained to protect and safeguard Nigerians, hence it is wrong for him to be portrayed as a killer or a villain in the Jos crises.

Maina said he did what was expected of him as GOC during the crises, adding, “I do not hate Christians. We are all Nigerians and many of my very close friends are Christians. So, for some to insinuate that I am turning the other side when Muslims are killing Christians; they are being unfair to me.”


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