Commercial activities were paralysed in some parts of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State over the nomination of Mallam Nazifi Ahmed as commissioner nominee by Governor Simon Lalong.
The protesters, mostly Beroms and Anaguta, were protesting against Mallam Ahmed because he is Hausa/Fulani and a non-indigene who should not have been nominated for confirmation alongside 16 others.
They expressed disappointment over the action of the Governor as they marched through streets thereby disrupting flow of traffic.
The protesters, who blocked the road leading to Eto Baba Street, Angwa Rukuba and other adjoining streets in the state capital, said it was wrong for the Governor to deny communities appointments into his cabinet in favour of the Hausa community alone.
One of the protesters said yesterday, “We are not happy over the nomination. He appointed a Hausa man as the Deputy Chief of Staff, appointed another Hausa man as Secretary of Jos North LGA and now, he has also appointed another Hausa man as a commissioner.
“Is it that members of the other ethnic groups are not good enough for appointment? Where is the justice and equity necessary for peace to reign in the LGA?” he queried.
The protest, which created tension in Jos North, prompted the state Commissioner of Police to draft his men to the scene to forestall a breakdown of law and order.