Seriki Adinoyi in Jos
The Nigeria Defence Headquarters at the weekend mobilised a team of its officers to Jos, the Plateau state capital, to unravel the cause of the renewed violence in the state that has led to the wanton loss of lives in the past two months, with the aim to finding a lasting solution to the problem.
Speaking at a stakeholders meeting convened by the team, the Chief of Training and Operation, Defence Headquarters, Abuja, Major General Ahmed Mohammed, said the team was in Jos on a fact -finding mission.
He added, “This is the first time a team is coming from the defence headquarters to actually find out the root cause of the problem between the warring communities.
“It is also a fact finding visit that will also be used to appraise the performance of security agencies on ground, seeking to know if they are really doing what is expected of them and if there are other things that we need to do to make them more potent.
“We are also going to collaborate with the state government, stating our position based on what we have found out, to ensure that a lasting solution is found to the lingering problem.”
The General said that the team’s meeting with all relevant stakeholders was productive and that the Army will mobilise all modalities within its power to ensure that the civil unrest bedevilling the state is brought to a halt.
“All stakeholders have given their words to cooporate with the security agencies and also among themselves. So we are hopeful to see them live in peace”, he said.
On his part, the Director General, Plateau Peace Building Agency, Mr. Joseph Lengmang, lauded the Defence Headquarters for the initiative of coming all the way to Jos to discuss with stakeholders on the issues bordering around the security challenge.
Lengmang said that the gesture will enable the affected communities feel the impact of government on the issues, adding that it shows that government is working hard to get to the root of the problem.
The meeting was attend by all religious bodies, civil society organisations, security agencies and representatives of the affected communities.