Plateau Intelligentsia, a civil rights body working for an end to the killings in Plateau state has called a “victim support scheme” to rehabilitate the over 20 decimated communities affected by crises within the state in the last two decades.
It also reiterated in a statement in Jos, the state capital at the weekend, that the senseless killings in the state, requires a similar approach the government was giving to the situation in the North East even as it called for the moving of the Operational Headquarters of Operation Safe Haven, OSH, to the epicentre of the crises to quell it once and for all.
According to the statement, signed by Dr. Daniel Meshak and Comrade Japhet Phillip Laabees, Convener and Assistant Director, Planning respectively, it said, it “appreciates Plateau youths who turned out en mass irrespective of political, ethnic and religious affiliation to amplify our voice on the silent massacre on the Plateau”, during its recent peaceful protest.
It also reminded the State government of her earlier assurances to end the violence, which She observed, was “being undermined; going by the sustained attacks on Sho and Shonong communities in Riyom LGA, recent attack in Kadunung community in Mangu LGA as well as the recent blockade of road by herdsmen in Dorowa, Bladi LGA”
According to them, “we appreciate the State Governor and the Honourable Speaker of the State House of Assembly for their audience and heart- warming assurances on ending the spate of the senseless killings in our communities and reiterate our believe in the will and might of the government in rising to this challenge”
It, however, appreciates the press for its support, but added that “ we watch the government response to our prayers on the Plateau killings, and as a major partner in the Plateau project who would not fail to applaud government’s success along this path just as we would not fail to remind government on its constitutional roles on security of lives and property”
The statement reiterated further, that “just like the government may not have been part of this problem, but are today determined to be part of its solution in any way legally possible, adding, the group remains a nonpartisan group of Plateau youths committed to peaceful coexistence and development of our dear State using our innate talents and professional disciplines”.
It was recalled that the group, along with sister Civil Society Organizations in the State staged a peaceful protest on 31st August, 2015 to register the dissatisfaction of Plateau youths over the continous and unreported killings in the State, “ where we addressed the state legislators and submitted a letter containing our prayers to the Honourable Speaker, Rt Hon. Peter Azi.

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