Plateau Crisis: Jos Muslims To Protect Churches Within Their Domain

 

The Muslim communities in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State have resolved to give cover to all Churches within their domain against any unforeseen attack by miscreants.

 

This was part of the communities’ resolutions after an emergency stakeholders meeting organised by Jasawa Community Development Association (JCDA), held at the Conference Hall of Jos Central Mosque.

 

The meeting was organised to discuss and find solutions to the crisis that erupted in Jos following the recent killing of the 27 Fulani travellers around Gada-Miyu – Rukuba Road.

 

The killings led to disturbances that nearly put the state into another ethno-religious crisis.

 

The event, which had ward heads, religious leaders and other stakeholders in attendance, also aimed at strengthening peace in Jos.

 

Alh. Shehu Ibrahim Massalla, the JCDA’s president, while delivering his speech, said; “we have resolved to protect all Churches within Muslim communities.

 

“This is so because we have realized that some politicians are using this kind of opportunity to achieve their surreptitious objectives knowing fully well that religion is very sensitive.

 

“This will go a long way to prevent further occurrence of crisis in Jos and its environs.

 

“We have equally resolved that vigilante groups within our domains will work and assist the security agencies to ensure peace and harmony within Jos and its environs and agree that anybody caught attacking innocent citizens or causing trouble will be handed over to the security agencies,” he added.

 

The President further called on the state government to be proactive before a crisis escalated in any community and ensured that justice was done for those who were cheated.

 

In his speech at the event, the Chairman of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, Hon. Shehu Bala,

admonished parents to caution their children/wards to desist from attacking and killing innocent people.

 

He said: “Parents must rise to not only take care of their children or wards but to also ensure that these boys stop attacking people on the guise of reprisal over the happening of last week.”

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