The Oasis Reporters
July 18, 2018
By Moses Gbande, Jos
The ethnic Berom nationality, considered as one of the largest ethnic groups in Plateau State, North Central Nigeria, on Tuesday came under severe attack, fingered to be the most troublesome ethnic group perpetuating crises in the state.
Elders of the State under the auspices of, ‘The Coalition Of Plateau Patriots’ made this bold revelation at a News Conference held at the Eliel Centre in Jos, the capital city of the State.
Addressing the press conference amidst scores of representatives from the seventeen local governments of the state, the spokesperson, Sylvanus D. Lot said they were compelled to come out in that manner to raise its voice against the spate of attacks by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen and other criminal elements leading to the death of many citizens.
“Enough is enough. We are not at war with each other , but from today henceforth, we the other ethnic nationalities shall not condone the killings of our citizens on the highways in the state any longer.
” We are therefore calling on patriotic Berom elders and all well meaning elders in the state to step in and call to order, these criminal elements whose political ambition is pitting them against other ethnic groups in the state.
“May we caution here that no ethnic group can survive in this state alone. We must be united and no other group should see themselves as superior to the others.
” We also condemn in strong terms the attacks on the governor’s convoy and to tell the hoodlums that their days are numbered. Governance does not belong to few ethnic groups only and neither is violence the monopoly of these groups.
“After all, Plateau people sacrificed and supported a Berom man to become Governor. The Berom must see good gesture and reciprocate in like regard. Today, the Goemai man is on the seat, tomorrow will be the turn of another ethnic group in the state.
“We consider the stoning of the Governor as an introduction of a very dangerous dimension in Plateau politics, that if not stopped could become a source of great instability as ethnic groups target other governors from the other ethnicities for humiliation or even assassination.
” Finally the question to ask is, why is it that this instability has consistently remained in Riyom, Barkin Ladi, Bassa, Bokkos and some parts of Jos South? what is the real problem between Fulani herdsmen and these indigenous groups
that has festered without an end in sight? What is this problem that could lead to killings and cattle rustling? ”
The elders however called on both state and federal governments to unravel and find solutions to the problems once and for all, as well as step up its act in the state and ensure that those caught in the scene of any attacks are made to face the law of the land to serve as deterrent to others.