…as Hausa Muslims stage boycott
By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State yesterday convened another stakeholders’ meeting to discuss the way out of the unending crises in the state.
The meeting which was attended by prominent citizens, including former governors, retired top military officers and bureaucrats was, however, boycotted by the Hausa community which had vowed not to have anything to do with any peace initiative by the governor.
The Muslim members of the Solomon Larâ€™s Presidential Advisory Committee on the crisis also boycotted the meeting attended by the Christian members led by Chief Lar.
Why Hausa Muslims boycott meeting
Explaining the decision of the community to boycott the meeting to newsmen, former Minister of State for Information and Communication, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande, who is a member of the Lar committee, said nothing short of the resignation of Jang as governor would pacify them.
He said last Saturdayâ€™s killing of three herdsmen at Tusung in Barakin-Ladi Local Government Area was a confirmation of their position that the governor and his Berom people were behind the crisis in the state.
â€œBy now it has become obvious that it is Jang that is sponsoring the crises in Jos as well as the killings of Hausa Muslims in Jos.
â€œIâ€™m not attending any peace meeting with Gov. Jang under the guise of any stakeholder when we know it is the same man calling the meeting that is sponsoring the same killings.
â€œI keep saying it, that the governor is the sole sponsor of the genocide against Hausa Muslims in Plateau State. If not so, why are all the attacks happening in Berom land?â€ he said.
Jang expresses regrets
Addressing the stakeholders’ meeting, Gov. Jang expressed regret that he was always summoning stakeholders’ meeting to discuss crisis instead of progress and development and wished it would be the last one to discuss the crisis.
According to the governor, â€œI am not happy calling citizens to discuss crises all the time. We should have been meeting to discuss development and to discuss concrete issues to move the state and the country forward.
â€œNotwithstanding the current situation, I am poised to round off my government on a platter of peace and I will do everything within my power to bring lasting peace to this state so that this state will regain its popular name as home of peace and tourism.â€
Lar suggests regular meeting
In his contribution, Chief Lar suggested that regular stakeholders’ meeting be held over the crisis until peace had been totally restored, expressing optimism that a solution would be found to the crisis in due course.
He said there had been worse situations in some states of the federation, adding: â€œBut this will not deprive us from solving our own problem; we will solve the problem of crises in this state.â€