RELIGIOUS and community
leaders in Plateau state have
applauded the peaceful
relationship that now exist
between Fulanis and their host
communities in the state.
This was contained in
statement issued and signed by
Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama
on behalf of religious leaders
and Alhaji Abdullahi Ardo, on
behalf of Miyettii Allah after a
meeting of religious and ethnic
community leaders held in Jos
the state capital yesterday
Part of the statement reads
that “we appreciate the
improved peaceful co existence
being experienced in our
communities, but however
decry the growing incidences
of criminality in some parts of
Jos and its environs especially
Apate, Angwan Rukuba,
Rikkos,Rukuba road etc.
“We wish to reiterate the need
for security agents to be present
during our meetings so that
they can get first hand security
updates from our communities
for immediate and prompt
“We commend the proactive
response of the state government
in refuting the rumour that the
Fulani groups are planning
to launch attacks on innocent
citizens in the state, we wish to
caution citizens from spreading
unfounded rumours and
reckless use of the social media
that could incite and destroy
the peaceful co existence being
enjoyed by our citizens.
“We condemn strongly
the growing cases of armed
robbery, drug abuse and
substance abuse, occultism and
kidnapping in some parts of
Jos town such as Apate, Farin
Gada, Rukuba, road, Gada
Biyu, Museum and West of
Mines area, we therefore call on
security agencies to be proactive
in fighting this meance in
securing our communities.”
“We wish to bring to the
attention of the Plateau
government and its agencies
the plight of the Internally
Displaced Persons, IDPS, that
have been urged to return to
their communities in Ropp and
Gashishi, but efforts to rebuild
their homes are thwarted
as materials gathered for
reconstruction are destroyed mostly at night.
“We therefore call on
government and security
agents to encourage this
process of integration by
providing security and
assistance to affected people
and communities.
“We call on communities
to be vigilant and security
conscious about their
neighbourhood, knowing
their neighbours and what
they do for a living and call
on parents to live up to their
parental responsibility by
monitoring the movement and
activities of their children and
The group also commended
the Simon Lalong-led
administration for embarking
on massive road construction
and rehabilitation in some
parts of Jos like Agwan
Rogo, West of Mines, Satellite
market, Kabong and Tudun
Wada as this will ease traffic
congestion and alleviate the
suffering of our people.
“We encourage government
to continue to initiate pro
people policies and projects.”