Nigeria’s former president, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo has said that all those who are ganging up to frustrate the destiny of Nigeria will not succeed. Chief Obasanjo ws speaking on Friday at a book launch and 85th birthday of Prelate Sunday Mbang of the Methodist Church Nigeria which took place at the Admiralty Centre, Naval Dockyard, Victoria Island, Lagos State, adding that the cost of saving Nigeria from its enemies is lower than the cost of having it destroyed.
At the same time when the former President Obasanjo was busy singing the praise of Mbang, as one man who demonstrated his love for Nigeria, especially when he served as President of the Christian Association of Nigeria as a lover of Nigeria, Plateau State was on fire, and people from other parts of the country were rushing to evacuate their citizens studying in that State following the widespread killings there.
It would be recalled that, before the August 3 killing of over some travelers along Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area of the State, Plateau State had been a killing field, with help far in coming to the hapless people, and reports have it that the August 3 incident triggered reprisal attacks in the state forcing some schools in the State including the University of Jos and the Federal College of Forestry to shut down un till when normalcy returns to the State.
Meanwhile, the reported killing of about 35 persons in Yelwa Zangam community, Jos North Local Government Area of the State by stranger element suspected to be bandits, who operated with impunity, and the continued flares of tension and threats of reprisals have turned plateau state to a war theater.
Meanwhile, the Plateau State House of Assembly has given Governor Simon Lalong a two-week ultimatum to address the insecurity in the state. The ultimatum, which was given on Friday was reportedly occasioned by the governor’s failure to protect lives and property of the citizens in the face of rampaging stranger elements who are determined to wipe away the indigenous people and take over their ancestral lands.
Addressing newsmen in Jos on Friday, the chairman of House Committee on Information, Hon. Dadun Peter Philip, said the legislators were urging President Muhammadu Buhari to prove to Nigerians that he is not tribalistic by condemning the serial killing of their kith and kin the same way he has condemned the recent killing of some Fulani travelers in Jos.
He further said:
“We also wish to put on record that we stand with Plateau people in this trying moment and assure them of our genuine commitment to the cause of Plateau State.
“We also call on the traditional rulers to look inwards and release the local security design to protect Plateau people as well as reinforce the vigilante, hunters and local wise men to defend our people.
“As a sign of commitment to this urgent need for the people to protect themselves, the Plateau State House of Assembly has directed all local government chairmen to suspend their planned recruitment of ad hoc staff and instead recruit 200 vigilante personnel in each local government area to boost and argument local intelligence gathering”, while calling on the security operatives to ensure that all those behind the killings were arrested.