A MEETING of community
and religious leaders held at
the Dialogue, Reconciliation
and Peace Centre, DREP, in
Jos the Plateau State capital,
yesterday, urged the state
House of Assembly to enact a
law to prohibit production and
consumption of hard drugs, as
a means of curtailing incessant
violence in the state
”We call on the Plateau State
House of Assembly to make
legislations that will address the
production and consumption
of illicit drugs to help reduce
the cases of drug abuse and
associated social vices.”
Chairman of the group,
Archbishop of the Catholic
Archdiocese of Jos, Bishop
Most Rev Dr Ignatius Kaigama,
during the meeting between
Fulani and Beroms appealed
to the warring factions to
embraced peaceful coexistence
for harmonious living.
”We call on government to
reconstruct destroyed houses,
schools and hospitals and
also provide employment
opportunities for the youth to
further cement the peace being
enjoyed.
The consultative meeting
of religious and community
leaders equally identify
criminality and high
consumption of illicit drugs as
the basic challenge confronting
return of permanent peace,
occasion by the herdsmen and
Berom clashes.
The community leaders
also noted with regret that
the prolong crisis between
herdsmen and farmers have
cause a lot of setbacks, urging
“enough is a enough, we should
be seen to be living as brothers
and sister irrespective of our
religious and tribal different,
we have lost our love ones, lost
lots of property.”
The group frowned at
renewed cases of arm robbery
and attacks on people; “the
criminal minded persons
among us must be identified
and punished accordingly.”
The community leaders
called on relevant authorities
to empower local vigilante
to complement efforts of
securities, and fish out criminals
in communities.


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