The Oasis Reporters
September 4, 2021
By Asile Abel, Jos
As an aftermath of the incessant killings and sporadic sparks of violence that has plunged some parts of Plateau state into crisis, a group known as Gamai All Progress Congress (APC), elders and stakeholders forum has called for synergy among Plateau citizens for sustainable peace and development.
Gamai socio-political group which has membership cutting across Nigeria and in the diaspora, said they were compelled to air their views concerning the security challenges bedeviling Plateau recently, following its extraordinary meeting held on Tuesday 31st August, 2021 in Jos.
According to the Chairman of Gamai APC elders and stakeholders forum, Miskoom Kevin Kwaplong: “the desire to convey to the general public our forum’s resolutions and proclamations on the prevailing situation in the state, has made this press conference highly imperative.
“We most sincerely commiserate with families of those who suffered various losses in the recent unprovoked attacks in Riyom, Bassa, Jos North, Jos South and Mangu Local Government Areas.
“These gory incidences which have obviously shaken the very foundation of our peace, cohesion, stability and unity as a people are indeed worrisome.
The group applauded Governor Simon Lalong for the bold steps he took to nip the situation from being escalated.
“We particularly commend the executive Governor for his focus, humility and calmness in the midst of the storm. The Governor’s composure at this trying moment is indeed a rare inspiration in exemplary leadership”, Kwaplong stated.
He showered accolades on security agents, traditional rulers, religious bodies such as; Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Jama’atu Nasiru Islam (JNI), the media and civil society organizations (CSO) for the role played in sustaining peace on the Plateau.
While commending the Governor’s proactive and prompt responses to security issues, the group urged the government to work in synergy with the security agents in protecting the lives and properties of citizens.
They also called on the government to make sure that perpetrators of violence are brought to book and punished accordingly to avoid future occurrences.
They also charged Plateau citizens to always embrace peace, maintain vigilance and support government policies and programmes aimed at sustaining peace, development and progress in the state.