JOS â€” The Alumni Association of the National Institute, AANI, is to hold a special brain-storming session on the recurrent ethno-religious crisis in Plateau State. The session is scheduled to take place at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, near Jos, the Plateau State capital.
AANI President, Engr Jani Ibrahim, made this known yesterday while reacting to the latest carnage on the plateau. He condemned the wee-hour attacks on Dogo Nahawa village in Jos South Local Government, where persons were murdered, weekend.
Appealing for calm and restraint by the survivors and their relatives, Ibrahim called on the security agencies to ensure the immediate arrest of the lapses that enabled the perpetration of the havoc, in spite of the subsistence dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state.
Ibrahim said: â€œEvery decent human being will be horrified by the premeditated raid, which has cost so much in life and material possessions.
â€œWhatever may have been the motive for the attacks, it is obvious that we cannot go on with this endless bloodbath. The cycle must be broken so that Plateau can regain the peace, sanity and good neighbourliness that in the past made the state an attraction for many.â€
The AANI President said the alumni of the National Institute had been perplexed by the orgy of ethnic and religious violence that has shattered the once peaceful state.
The association, with membership drawn from varied background in security, public administration and politics, feels compelled to take on the Plateau crisis as an urgent matter for critical analysis, with the object of proffering workable and lasting solutions.
According to Ibrahim, â€œquite a number of our members are knowledgeable about the nitty-gritty of the Plateau crisis, but we must tap into this knowledge base and cross-fertilise ideas with other members, in order to come up with practical solutions to what appear as intractable problems at the moment.â€