The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Plateau State Chapter has condemned the attack on Igbo Christians by Muslim youths in Jos last Thursday, which killed a final year computer science student of the University of Jos, Jerry Mantim Binkur, and injured at least five people.
The association, in a statement, pleaded with “the Igbos on the Plateau to remain calm as nobody will ask them to leave Plateau.” Soja Bewarang, its Chairman said. He called on Christians to “wise up and work collectively to frustrate the designs of criminals in our midst.”
Reacting to the attack, youths groups from the predominantly Christian Middle Belt region, in a press release, 15th September warned the Muslim youths to either embrace peace or leave the region. In a statement made available to Global Christian News, Barrister Seth Mangset, Plateau State Coordinator of the group said, “We are fully aware of the unfortunate development that is about to resurrect on the Plateau by some unscrupulous miscreants whose job is to raise crisis in the state as result of the tension across the country… Those who feel warmongering is their way of life are not welcomed on the Plateau.”
The statement warned that the group will not “hesitate to act if this fails. We are ready to protect lives and property of peace loving people in the state.”
The governors of the south-eastern part of Nigeria, coming out of an emergency meeting at the government house, Enugu, on Friday, 15 September, decided to ban all activities of the Igbo groups seeking self-actualization.
In a communique released after the meeting, Chairman, South East Governors Forum, Nweze Dave Umahi, Governor of Ebonyi State, said, “All activities of IPOB are hereby proscribed. IPOB and all other aggrieved groups are advised to ar
ticulate their position on all National issues and submit to the Committee of Governors, Ohaneze Ndigbo and National Assembly Members from the South East Zone, through the Chairman, South East Governors Forum.”
The governors reiterated the call “for the restructuring of Nigeria where all National issues will be discussed and amicably settled to achieve justice and fairness to every Nigerian.”
The Muslim group, Jama’atu Nasril Islam in Plateau State, through its Director of Publicity, Sani Mudi, on its part, noted that the Muslim youths acted “clearly in response to the unfortunate events in the South East.” He then appealed to “Muslim Ummah and the general public in the State to shun acts capable of disrupting our hard earned peace in the State.” which he said “are unacceptable.”
Mudi added, “The sad saga of disruption of peace and lawlessness in some parts of the country is not worth our response except in the exhibition of mature and civil way, trusting that appropriate authorities are capable of responding as the situation warrants.”
Hassan John Is Editor GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos
Image Credits: Student killed in University of Jos (Ralph Madugu)/Hassan John