By Innocent Anaba
LAGOS — The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, yesterday, called on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to address the Jos crisis, warning that the crisis poses a threat to the fragile unity of the country.
NBA President, Mr Joseph Daudu, SAN, who spoke at a monthly briefing in Lagos, said: “When a crisis gets to the level where the Holy father, Pope Benedict XVI, calls on government to properly intervene, then such a crisis has reached unacceptable proportions. One of the fundamental expectations from government is the guarantee of the safety to lives and property in every square inch of land that it has control over. From reports emanating from Jos, the crisis has a tendency to spread.
“Those who do not wish Nigeria well or are afraid to see her evolution as the first black super power in the world have every reason to steer the country down the path of sectarian or ethnic war. Either way, if not properly handled, the Jos crisis poses a threat to the fragile unity of this great country.
“The cause d’être is rooted in discrimination, the kind of which pervades throughout the nation. Being a country apportioned into 36 states, there is every possibility that dominant group(s) within each state would lord it over minority groups on the basis of indigineship or ethnic group.
“The Federal Government must intervene constructively. It is about time every Nigerian felt at home in any part of the country that he chooses to live. In the interim, the strategy for securing peace in that region must be revisited.
A situation where the neutrality of security forces is questioned poses a great threat to the nation although we know that it is possible for mischief makers to illegally acquire military uniforms and apply then to the wrong use. Notwithstanding this possibility, FGN must decisively deal with the Jos Crisis before it becomes an albatross over all of us,” he added.