Plateau unrest: Restrain youths, preach peace in communities – Coalition to stakeholders

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The Coalition of Plateau State Advocates (COPSA), has urged stakeholders in the state to preach the gospel of peace in their respective communities and encourage the youths to eschew violent tendencies and hate.

The advocates also asked residents and groups to support the security forces rather than call for the sack of troops and their leaders.

Recall that at least 22 people were killed and 14 others injured during an attack on commuters along the Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area (LGA), on August 14, 2021.

While the State Government and security operatives were still unravelling the incident, gunmen invaded Yelwan Zangam Community in Jos North Local Government, killing over thirty people and razing houses.

The group said it is, however, compelled to intervene at this time following the clamour for the removal of the General Officer Commanding, Major General IS Ali, who also doubles as the Commander, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH, a call the group described as unnecessary, considering the untiring efforts he had made to contain insecurity on the Plateau.

A statement signed by the COPSA National Coordinator, Rev Elisha Gyang, and National Secretary, Dr. Stephen Gya, asked stakeholders to accept responsibility for what is happening in Plateau State rather than use the GOC as a scapegoat.

Maintaining that efforts must be intensified to identify and prosecute those who foment trouble, the group warned against profiling of tribal nationalities, insisting that criminals exist in all territories.

“Our hearts go to the Government of Plateau State, family members, and friends of victims of the recent attacks on some communities.

“That said, we want to condemn in the strongest terms calls by some people for the redeployment of the gallant and hard-working GOC 3 Division, who is also the head of the military task force, Operation Safe Haven.

“We are particularly miffed that a respected body like the Coalition of Plateau Ethnic Youths Nationalities, will allow itself be used in this ungodly campaign against a detribalised senior officer such as the OPSH commander.

“The unfortunate Miango killing by some criminal herdsmen is regrettable and should be condemned by all those who seek peace on the Plateau.

Plateau unrest: Restrain youths, preach peace in communities – Coalition to stakeholders

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