Jos Crisis: FG,Hausa/Fulani Leaders Discuss Peace

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President Goodluck Jonathan’s intervention in the Plateau
State ethnic crisis continued on Wednesday night, with a meeting with
representatives of the Hausa/Fulani community.

During the meeting, they advised the President to ignore the
panels of inquiry commissioned by the state government, and insisted that the
Fulanis are indigenes and not settlers in the state.

The meeting, which came two days after representatives of
the Berom ethnic group in the state, led by Gbong Gwom Jos, Buba Gyang, held a
closed door consultation with Jonathan, started at about 10 p.m. and lasted
till the early hours of yesterday.

Emerging from the closed door parley with the President, the
leader of the Hausa group and former Minister of State for Information and
Communications, Ibrahim Nakande, told journalists that the conflicts affect
mainly Jos North and Jos South local governments.

He also said the reports of the commissions of inquiry set
up by the Plateau state governments, which the Beroms want implemented, had
become obsolete and subjudiced.

“The discussion was on how best to tackle the crisis in such
a way to enhance tolerance, accommodation ad respect for one another, so that
at the end of it all, the conflicts would have been put behind us,” he
explained.

“We also discussed mechanisms which government will help put
in place so that each time there are conflicts, ways and means of resolving the
conflicts amicably would be used to resolve them.”

Insisting that most of the commissions of inquiry,
especially those set up by Plateau State government, had lost contemporary
relevance, Nakande expressed confidence in the commission set up by the Federal
Government, “especially the General Abisoye report as well as the Advisory
Committee on Jos Crisis, headed by Solomon Lar.”

He disclosed that the government was expected to hold
further meetings with other communities that were in conflict in Plateau State,
“so that we can jointly find lasting solution to the problem”.

In his remarks, the head of the Fulani delegation and Protem
National Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders of Nigeria, Sale Bayari,
said a chunk of the solution lay in resolving the issues of grazing rights
between cattle rearers and farmers in the area, and they had appealed to
Jonathan to address that.

Blaming the Plateau State government for not adopting the
strategies used by neighbouring states to solve similar conflicts, Bayari
declared that the affected Fulanis are indigenes of Plateau State, and not
settlers, as widely believed.

He said it was important for the Federal Government to
intervene, and added that “for the cattle rearers in Plateau State, especially
problem areas like Jos South, Barkin Ladi and Bassa, the Federal Government
should try and ensure that the conflicts are resolved because we have the
grazing reserves in those areas and there is conflict between cattle rearers
and farmers.”

He explained that they had tried to solve the problem like
it was done in Benue State where there was similar crisis.

“We are appealing to the Governor of Plateau State to
emulate the Governors of Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba, Bauchi and Kaduna states,”
Bayari said.

“They succeeded by calling the leadership of the two groups
and at the end of the day, the matter was settled. In Plateau State, the
problem has been that there is nobody forthcoming either from the traditional
institution or the government to say let’s sit and discuss.”

Asked if he was confident that Jonathan would come up with a
final solution, he replied, “yes, with this presidential intervention, from the
way the President has given us time and the way he listened to us like children
listening to their father. You know that when you see your father in a pensive
mood, you know that the matter must have touched him so much.”

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