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Jos mayhem: PFN president wants Jonathan to prosecute sponsors

By Sam Eyoboka

NATIONAL President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and the North Central zonal chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, The Rev. Yakubu Pam have called on Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that the sponsors of last Sunday’s dastardly acts in Jos are revealed and prosecuted.

Over 100 women and children were massacred in their sleep by suspected Fulani herdsmen who invaded their three villages simultaneously at about 1.00 a.m. in defiance of an existing dusk to dawn curfew, mauling innocent persons to death with machetes and other weapons.

Speaking in separate interviews, yesterday, the clergies were however, relieved that the security forces told the world that some persons arrested in connection with the heinous killings had confessed to them that they were sponsored by certain individuals, saying that the truth is eventually coming out.

The Rev. Pam therefore urged the nation’s security authorities not to stop at that confession, but rather they must go after the alleged sponsors of these militants with a view to ensuring an enduring peace in Plateau State.

“Let the boys who are currently in custody tell us who sponsored them. That is the only way the nation can guard against future occurrence,” the cleric who was tongue lashed by then President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2004 over the same Jos crisis, maintained.

Pam stressed that it is time to arrest this culture of impunity, insisting that Nigeria which has been fighting a credibility war in the comity of nations, has inadvertently brought itself to public ridicule by these incessant violent ethno-religious crises.

On his part, Pastor Oritsejafor reiterated his earlier call on the 17 southern governors to urgently engage their 19 northern counterparts in a dialogue with a view to finding a lasting solution to the perennial killing of innocent Christians in the North, emphasising that the human life must be seen to be sacred.


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