Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has called for a high-powered Federal Government Commission of Inquiry into the recent Jos religious crisis, noting that â€œthe most disturbing aspect of this regular butchery of innocent citizens is that those responsible are known. Those who incite them are known. Their motives are also known. And yet nothing happens to them.â€
According to President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ambassador. Raph Uwechue â€œwhat is so disturbing is that this type of violent riots fuelled by religious bigotry, was not the first, second nor third time in Jos, Plateau State. There have been several. Each time hundreds of lives of innocent citizens are lost and property worth millions, if not billions of naira, destroyed. Also, the government sets up commissions of inquiry, which apparently do produce reports. After that, nothing is heard. Those who perpetrate such heinous crime against their fellow citizens go unpunished. Of course, next time they do it with greater impunity.â€
â€œThe situation becomesÂ more alarming when soldiers are alleged to be involved in the killing of innocent people, who they are meant to protect. The Plateau State Christian Elders Forum, PSCEF, under the leadership of Dr Musa Pam and Bishop Bok Anderson, had cried out to the world, alleging that Nigerian soldiers were committing genocide in Jos City.
They had called on the International Community to investigate the role of soldiers in the recent mayhem in Jos. If indeed this allegation is confirmed, then an additional dangerous dimension has been added to the forces tending to disintegrate the corporate existence ofÂ Nigeria.â€
â€œIn the light of the foregoing, Ohanaeze Ndigbo holds the view that the recurrent religious uprising in Plateau State is now beyond the capacity of the Plateau State Government to effectively deal with, and that this constitutes a major threat to national unity and stability. We therefore, call on the Federal Government to set up a High-powered comprehensive Commission of Inquiry into the religious crises in Plateau State.
â€œThe Federal Government should review, publish and ensure the implementation of the recommendations of all previous inquiries into religious riots in Plateau State. Those found guilty, no matter their status in the society, should be appropriately punished. Adequate compensation should be paid to those who have lost their loved ones and property in the various crises,â€ Ohanaeze added.