By Luka Binniyat
ABUJA â€” The member of the House of Representatives representing Jos East and South Federal Constituency of Plateau State, Mr. Bitrus Kaze, has dismissed claims that the Hausas are the original founders of Jos town.
He said that it was documen-ted fact that the Yoruba had arrived Jos in 1892 and established the 1st Baptist Church, Jos, while the first Hausa settlers came in 1906.
According to Kaze, all this while, there had beenÂ thriving tribal communities in Jos and on the entire Jos Plateau who have organised socio-political structure before tin mining attracted people to the tin and columbiteÂ rich plateau.
Kaze, who spoke to newsmen in his office in Abuja, said that the crisis in Jos is a violent struggle always initiated by the Hausas to claim control of the traditional stool of Jos, on the claim that they met Jos as an â€œunoccupied farmlandâ€.
â€œThe latest crisis in Jos, was started when armed MuslimÂ Hausa youths attacked churches during Sunday prayers without provocation on 20 January, as said by the then Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Greg Ayating,â€ he said.