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Mantu blames Jos crisis on Gov Jang

By Hugo Odiogor

Former Deputy Senate President, Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu, has blamed the recent crisis that swept through Jos and Bukuru metropolis on the poor leadership qualities of Governor Jonah Jang. He called for Jang’s removal as the governor of Plateau State.

According to Senator Mantu, the state has witnessed three ethno- religious crises since Air Commodore Jonah Jang became the governor of the state, adding that there is no guarantee that there would be no further loss of lives and property in the state under Jang.

Speaking to Vanguard in his Abuja home, Mantu said the governor had been treating the conflict in the state with kid glove which was why the crises lasted.

He said, “with the benefit of the hindsight, you can see that those of us who called for the imposition of state of emergency during the tenure of Mr. Joshua Dariye, were right. After that there was relative peace in the state. Now we are back to square one.”

Senator Mantu said the present governor has not shown competence in managing the affairs of the state. He accused the governor of setting up panels of enquiries whose reports are not made public.

The incumbent Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, however, disagreed with Senator Mantu on the issue of imposition of state of emergency in any part of the country at the slightest provocation.

He argued that such a tendency was capable of being used for political victimisation, noting that there was no where in the 1999 Constitution that advocates the sacking of  a state governor and the legislature because of the imposition of the state of emergency.


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