Plateau: Traditional leaders to partner inter-religious council to tackle crisis – Gbong Gwom Jos
The Gbong Gwom Jos and Chairman, Council of Chiefs and Emirs in Plateau State, His Royal Majesty Da Jacob Gyang Buba, said traditional rulers will partner the Inter-Religious Council (IRC) to help stem the resurgence of security challenges that have continued to bedevil the state.
The paramount ruler also challenged youths in the state not to allow anyone to destroy their future, saying “you will grow up to be good citizens of this country”.
Buba disclosed this while addressing youths and members of the IRC during the Multi Stakeholders Forum, Community Action in Building Peace; 20th Commemoration of September 7th, 2001, tagged, ‘Our Plateau; Our Shared Experience, held in Jos, the State Capital’.
He said, “We want to appreciate the Inter Religious Council, we know you have set out your programmes, please hasten these programmes along with the Plateau Peace Building Agency.
“Then you have another partner, the traditional institution, we want to partner with you to ensure the success of your mandate.
“Which is to salvage this State, to build a future for our children, not to destroy it.”
The paramount ruler maintained that, “I have said to so many people, there is no tribe on the Plateau that can survive on their own; we need one another because God did not make a mistake setting us up as neighbours.
“Even those that may not be indigenous to Plateau are welcome, nobody is going to send anybody away from Plateau; we must leave together, and the alternative is we die together”, he admonished.
He said there were Gbong Gwoms before him and there would be others after him.
According to him, “The Inter-Religious Council is working with your parents to see the end of this insecurity, they are to engage all of us, and like I said here publicly, we are ready to work with all of them, we from the traditional institution; and we will definitely work, because enough is enough; let us give peace a chance.
“What does it cost to love one another? What does it cost to correct one another in love? He asked.
“Please think about this; all this talking we are doing here is about your future”, he admonished the youths.
“Do not allow anybody to use you to destroy your future, and it is our prayer that, as children of ours, you will grow up to be good citizens of this country”, he stressed.
Earlier in his address, the Emir of Wase and Chairman JNI in the State, His Royal Highness Dr Muhammadu Sambo Haruna, urged youths in the state not to allow anyone to use them in perpetuating evil.
“I’m appealing to all to sheath their swords and leave in peace. I hope when we come to talk with you in your various communities, you will be honest.
Sambo who is also the Co-Chairman, Inter-Religious Council in the State, prayed that by the time it will be 21 years after the 2001 crisis, “we will not witness continuous crisis again”.
Also speaking, the Co-chairman, Rev. Pandam Yamsat, said, “We have lost values that used to endear people from across the board to Plateau.
“As Christians and Muslims, we have lost the values like the fear of God; sadly the fight in the name of God, but they don’t know the God.”
Yamsat said, the government is supposed to punish wrongdoers and reward those doing good, “sadly the reverse is the case”.
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