By Dapo Akinrefon
CHAIRMAN, Youth Wing of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Reverend Abel Damina, has tasked the Federal Government to rehabilitate and compensate victims of recent Jos crises.
Damina argued that this would enable those whose houses were razed during the violence start life afresh.
â€œThe Federal Government will have to look into the issue of rehabilitating people who were displaced in Jos; people whose houses were burnt. Some of our churches were burnt. There should be compensation to help people start their life afresh because you cannot talk of reconciliation until the injured have a way of being appeased,â€ the PFN leader said in Lagos.
â€œIt isÂ true we cannot pay for lives but there are still people who are alive; children who donâ€™t have parents any more and parents who donâ€™t have children any more.
“People who have lived up to 30 years of their lives in Jos, built their lives there and everything they have worked for were burnt, where are they going to start their lives? So, the Federal Government should do something very quickly about rehabilitating and compensating those who lost so much in the crisis, not only in Jos but also in Bauchi, Gombe and Yobe states and all the places where crises took place and people are still struggling to find their feet.â€
The Senior Pastor of Power City International Church also called on the Federal Government to grant amnesty to all the Islamic fundamentalists in the North, just as it did to the Niger Delta militants as a way of mopping up arms in the North.
Links crisis to marginalisation
While attributing the intractable violence in the North to marginalisation, he called on government to address the issue of marginalisation once and for all as a way of ensuring a lasting peace.
He said: â€œIn places like Borno State, if your name is John James, even if you are an indigene, you cannot be given the certificate of indigeneship until you are answering a Moslem name.