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FG disturbed by Jos crisis, says Defence Minister

By Ola Ajayi
The Minister of Defence, Kayode Adetokunbo has admitted that the Federal Government is disturbed by the frequent break down of law and order in the war torn Jos, vowing every possible arsenal is being deployed to ensure lasting resolution of the crisis.

Adetokunbo, who was one of the honourees of Doctor of Law during the 10th Convocation of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso assured Nigerians that the resolution of the crisis would not be through the use of violence, saying the leaders of the troubled city would come together to resolve the crisis in a peaceful manner.

He hinted that the struggle had assumed another dimension but definitely ruled out that it assumed a tribal or religious crisis.

According to him, “Jos used to be a beautiful place. So many people from this town, including Soun of Ogbomoso once lived and eked their living from there. There was religious tolerance and ethnic accommodation until some minor misunderstanding was allowed to blossom into full-blown crisis with the attendant consequence.”

“It is not something the elites should be involved in. Rather the local people who know themselves and who have been cohabiting with themselves since ages should come together and work out areas of discord for permanent solution,” he said.

Among those honoured by the institution were a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Kayode Eso,  Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III (Soun of Ogbomosoland), and Oba Iyiola Oyewale Matanmi III (Ataoja of Osogboland).

Justice Eso regretted the country’s over reliance on oil and relegated agriculture to the background adding that the oil glut of 1980s was a blessing in disguise to the nation.

He advised the FG to “re-energize the subsistence agriculture by motivating subsistence farmers to increase their scale of operations as well as adopting modern farming techniques and technologies”.

He said, “the large scale operation is not necessarily a request for modern agricultural development, but rather sustaining and enhancing the yield of the subsistent farmers who are responsible for about 90 per cent of agricultural produce in the country”.

“Small and appropriate mechanisms which can be economically used on farms of about 5 to 10 acres should be developed as it has been done in India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan to foster the sustainability of such enhanced yield”, stated he.


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