9th September, 2011
Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau says Federal Government’s indecisiveness in dealing with perpetrators of the violence in Jos is responsible for the recurring crisis in the state.
He made the observation in Jos on Friday at the state’s Executive Council meeting, the first to be held since he returned from a two-week medical vacation.
Jang said he was always receiving regular briefings on the situation in the state while away, and commended his deputy, Mr. Ignatius Longjan, and the council for their teamwork.
He expressed sadness over the recent violence in the state and the entire nation, saying such was disheartening, considering recent efforts made particularly by the state Security Council.
“Iâ€™ve always said that when investigations are carried out in Abuja, and you donâ€™t see any report, no action is taken, then it becomes difficult for Plateau to act.
“Until the Federal Government makes up its mind that we should really sit down and put an end to this nonsense, there is nothing Plateau can do on its own.
“I want to assure the good people of Plateau that honestly, we have had enough. The Federal Government and I are going to take every action to ensure that the crisis comes to an end in Plateau and also in the country.
“If after the elections we have enjoyed some peaceful periods, then it started in other parts of the country and came back to Plateau again, then it has to be dealt with through combined efforts.
“I also want to task all the security agencies in the country to rise up to this embarrassing security challenge and put an end to this nonsense here in Nigeria.”
Jang stressed the need for the security agencies to re-strategise, saying that a situation where a few people plunged the whole country into crisis was not acceptable.
“I want to assure the people that the teamwork in our administration will drive away all enemies of Plateau out of the state, because we just wonâ€™t allow this madness to continue, never again.
“We are not driving anybody from Plateau, but if you donâ€™t want to live in peace, then go elsewhere; peace, we must have in Plateau, and this peace is not negotiable.”
The governor stressed that government would stop at nothing to ensure that peace and security of lives and property were guaranteed in the state.
He promised that government would take a decisive step to address the security challenge after he had been properly briefed by the state Security Council, and appealed to the citizens to remain calm.