Arewa Christians hold 21st commemoration of Jos carnage
The Association of Christians and Indigenous Pastors of Arewa held a memorial service on Wednesday in memory of the victims of the 2001 carnage perpetrated by suspected terrorists in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.
This was revealed in a statement signed by ACIPA President and Regional Coordinator, Reverend Luke Shehu, and made available to our correspondent in Abuja.
A former member of the National Assembly, Bitrus Kaze, had linked the main cause of the crisis in the state to an attempt by some to forcibly seize land belonging to the natives.
Kaze, who represented the Jos South/Jos East federal constituency of the state, recalled that the recurring crisis in the state began in 1994 when the first major crisis erupted in Jos over the appointment of an administrator. unique for the Jos North local government area.
The results showed that to solve the problem, the military administrator at the time set up a judicial inquiry commission.
The punch reported that the committee’s recommendations never saw the light of day and subsequently thwarted the purpose for which they were intended. For a period of about seven years, peace reigned in the country until 2001 when another crisis erupted in the Jos North local government area.
In 2002, violence broke out in different parts of Jos. In the process, the state-of-the-art Jos Market, considered the pride of Plateau residents and the center of commerce of the Middle Belt, was set on fire. The destruction of the market which used to be a major source of revenue for the state has undoubtedly affected the economy of the state and had a negative impact on people’s lives.
In the same year, the violence spread to the south of the state where Christians from Nshar, Yelwa Shendam were attacked during morning service. Fifty lives were lost in the incident. Some Christian leaders from the Wase Local Government Area were invited to the palace of the Emir of Wase for a peace meeting. After the meeting, seven of them were reportedly killed by local youths.
The crisis following the incident engulfed the southern area of the state which culminated in the declaration of a state of emergency in 2004 in the state by President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Commemorating the victims of Wednesday’s carnage, the Arewa Indigenous Christians and Pastors Association expressed concern that it was clear the clash had a lot to do with space and land grabbers as their vassal conquered the territory.
The statement, “Today, 7th September 2022, marks 21 years of sad nostalgic remembrance of the crisis precipitated by the terrorists on the Jos plateau. ACIPA and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians especially sympathize with those who have lost loved ones in this horrific incident that lasted for days, dragged on and became a part of our lasting memories.
“The memory of Plateau Christians and indeed of all lovers of humanity cannot be altered by false narratives aimed at distorting the reality of the centuries-old conspiracy against the heritage, identity and values dear to Indigenous peoples.
“In commemorating the lives lost, the bereaved, and those who have been orphaned and widowed, ACIPA also recognizes the sacrifices and patronage of true Plateau patriots with Northern Christian ideals and shared values.
“We are aware that the Jos plateau is intrinsically linked to the political dynamism and greatness of Nigeria. However, ACIPA wishes to warn all supporters of the conspiracy and falsehood of claims to the Plateau and the rights, values and heritage of the Nigerian indigenous people to refrain. First, we are a people of cherished Christian values, then Nigerians. It is obvious that the clash on the plateau of Jos and the territory of a host of other ethnic peoples is no stranger to space and territory grabbers as their vassals conquered the territory.
It was even as Arewa pastoralists warned stakeholders at state and local government levels to be wary of federal government policy on waterways after Ruga and cattle ranching policies failed. .
While linking the 9/11 New York Twin Tower attack to the Jos bombing, the religious association warned that Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong lacks standing to rebuild the main market of Jos destroyed by the terrorists.
“We want to draw the attention of the government at all levels to be wary of policies such as the Federal Government’s policy on waterways after the failed Ruga and Cattle ranching policies.
“After ACIPA’s wide consultations, we can affirm that the majority of our Christian brothers across Nigeria believe in a great indivisible and prosperous Nigeria where the rule of law and social justice thrive in democratic dispensation and not under Sharia. It is evident that the clamor for Sharia is not disconnected from the radical ideologies that led to the threat of September 7, 2001 and the current imbroglio across Nigeria.
“Without an apology, the bombing of the Twin Towers in New York on September 11, 2001, the attack on Jos and the bombing/destruction of the main market in Jos were orchestrated and programmed by the same network global terrorist. Unfortunately, our government has not only lacked the practical will, but has chosen to look the other way while chasing shadows.
“We hereby call the attention of the Executive Governor of Plateau State, His Excellency Barrister Simon Bako Lalong, to immediately seize his plan to proceed with the reconstruction of the Jos main market destroyed by the terrorists. “, reads the press release.