By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” Former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), has told the Prince Bola Ajibola Commission of Inquiry into the November last year crisis in the Plateau State capital that the creation of Jos North Local Government in 1991 was in accordance with the guidelines existing at that time.
In his submission to the commission in response to memoranda which made reference to him, he said the creation was based on the guidelines released by the then National Electoral Commission (NEC) which in 1989 stipulated that the creation of local governments would be based on existing federal constituencies.
Represented by his counsel, Mohammed Ndayako, he said the local governments that were created under Decree 2 of 1991 by his administration were, therefore, based on the guidelines.
Babangida said like in other parts of the country, various groups from Jos requested the creation of additional local governments and that the creation was based on such requests.
The former president who tendered nine certified documents from the presidential library to support his presentation admitted that The Berom Elders Council wrote twice, first to kick against the creation of Jos North Local Government Area and second, calling for a revisit of the creation after it was created.
Chairman of the commission, Prince Bola Ajibola commended the former president for responding to the commissionâ€™s invitation adding â€œwe are happy that this has been done; he has been kind enough to avail us of these documents.â€
He reiterated that the decision of the commission to invite certain people was in furtherance of the desire to listen to various shades of opinion that would assist the search for peace in the state.