Jos – The Gong Gwom Jos, Da Gyang Buba, on Thursday called on youths in communities prone to attacks to form vigilance groups to protect their villages.
Buba, gave the advice when he visited the communities located in Barkin-Ladi and Riyom local government areas.
He said that such groups would form the core “alert groups” toward proactive efforts to check the attacks.
“We expect that such vigilance groups will close the gap between the locals and security agents and would assist the latter with the necessary information to ensure the safety of the citizenry,” he said.
The Gbong Gwom Jos expressed dismay over the manner in which youth in the embattled areas still engaged in drunkenness instead keeping vigil to safeguard their communities from attacks.
He called for the re-evaluation and re-assessment of communal living to enable people in communities to know their neighbours and strangers.
Buba assured the people that the traditional rulers in the state would continue to play their advisory role and speak the truth about the situation in the state, without fear or favour and until measures were taken to restore genuine peace.
Mr Emmanuel Lomang, Chairman, Barkin Ladi Local Government in his remark at Kakuruk, condemned the continuous attacks in the area.
He expressed dissatisfaction with efforts of the military Special Task Force (STF) maintaining peace in the area.
“We want to note, with dismay, that some people violated STF’s order to vacate their villages, and used that time to destroy structures at Gashish.
“Now, the people that survived the attacks have been rendered homeless,” he said.
Mr Sam Audu, Chairman, Riyom Local Government, on his part thanked the monarch for the visit, and said that it was a demonstration of his (monarch’s) love for his people.
Audu appealed to the state government to complete the Hoss-Bachi rural road, which was budgeted for in the 2012 appropriation, adding that that its completion would ease movement during emergency situations.
The Chairman said that the people of the area were law abiding and expressed their readiness to embrace all peace initiatives by the government. (NAN)