The Oasis Reporters
June 30, 2018
By Moses Gbande, Jos
The Plateau State Chapter of Women for Women and He for She has expressed shock over the recent killings of innocent citizens in the State.
The State Coordinator of the movement, Dr. Jophia N. Gupar at a Press Conference in Jos on Saturday morning equally commiserates with the government and people of Plateau State over the killings.
“It is disheartening that Plateau State which has enjoyed some form of peace in the last few years has now been thrown into another spate of killings and destruction of properties.
“Most worrisome to our Movement is that as is usual in any crisis situation, the women and children who are the most vulnerable are the worst hit.
” We are therefore calling on all stakeholders to come together and find a lasting solution to the problem of insecurity which has bedeviled many parts of our dear country for some time now.
“It is worthy of note that no meaningful development can be achieved without peaceful coexistence among the people. In line with this therefore, the Movement sympathizes with all who sustained injuries, lost their loved ones, as well as possessions in the aftermath of the attacks, and appeal that the warring factions/parties sheath their swords and embrace dialogue as a means of peaceful resolution to their problems and issues.
“The Movement also calls on the Federal Government whose responsibility it is to safeguard the lives of her citizens and ensure peaceful coexistence, to rise to the occasion and take urgent steps to reverse this dangerous trend before we all are consumed by this mindless orgy of killings.
” Life is sacred and every life matters, so the issue should not be treated with levity and therefore we call on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to secure all parts of Nigeria.
“This is particularly so now that we are close to an election year and fears are being expressed in some quarters about it being marred by violence.
“As part of our contributions to finding a lasting solution to the problem, the Movement will organize a roundtable conference with both the indigenes and the Fulanis so as to be able to get to the root of the problem.
“We will also work with the media to ensure all our activities towards a peaceful resolution of the problem is widely publicized so that people from various groups can contribute their quota by bringing ideas on best practices.
“The Movement will also undertake a walk to Government House and express its stand to government and hold an audience with the Director General of Plateau Peace Agency.
“We want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo for visiting Plateau State and sharing in our grief but we demand a total overhaul of the security apparatus in the country as reports from various quarters indicate that the security apparatus in the country has been compromised.
“We deserve security officers we can trust. We also call on the government that the state owned security outfit, Operation Rainbow, should be well equipped and properly utilized since it has presence in all the 17 Local Government Areas of the State.
“We want to also suggest that the Federal Government bring in all retired security personnel who abound in Plateau State and the nation at large, whose wealth of experience can be harnessed, to brainstorm and come up with a template which can be used to mitigate, nip future occurrences in the bud.
“We demand that traditional rulers, mai anguwas (village heads), ward heads and women representatives (who are always at the receiving end) should be integrated into the Security architecture at all levels of governance.
“The Movement as law abiding citizens call for the immediate arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of the violence and purveyors of hate speeches for their inciting speeches which have further aggravated the problem.
“we call on the peace loving people of Plateau State, who have lived together for years in peace with their neighbours, to remain patient, calm and prayerful, and to put the unfortunate incident behind them and forge ahead”.