by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE: A non-governmental organization, called ‘Plateau Heritage,’ has presented food items to victims of crises in Irigweland, Anaguta and Berom, who were affected in three local government areas of Plateau State.
While presenting the items on Tuesday in Jos, chairman of the Plateau Haritage, Alex Kwapno, said, it has called on government in the past that community effort should be encouraged and reinvigorate the Operation Rainbow, together with community forces.
He said, government can help even more, rather than government being reactive, and urged government to be proactive; adding that all the attacks happening will be known through rumour going round that such thing is going to happen.
“So, government should step up its efforts. We challenge government to do so, because the live of every Plateau person is important.
“The killings by these terrorists should not be allowed to continue, because this people are not ordinary Fulani herders; they are aimed at acquiring lands that God-given to the people.”
The chairman noted that, “It is a God-given land, and nobody should be allowed to acquire the land by force. There is a legal means or procedure to acquire land,” he noted, while calling on all Plateau people to stand up; that this is not Irigwe; it’s not Yalwa Zangam or Kum in Weren fight or the three local government areas, which were under attacks,” he stressed.
According to him, it would be wrong for a government that has been instituted to care for security to fold its arms and challenge the citizens to “open their eyes – any time there is a suspicious move, they should report to the security agencies.”
Speaking earlier, Hon. Ayuba Pam Dangwong said the brief ceremony was to show solidarity to their brothers and sisters, who were affected by crises, from July to August 2021,” adding, “This is to alleviate the suffering and is a demonstration of pains they share for what took place in the 3 local government areas, that is, Jos North, Bassa and Riyom.”
He revealed that, the Plateau Haritage has about 257 members, including commissioners and directors, among others.
In responding on behalf of leaders of the 3 communities, Chairman of the Irigwe appreciated the organization for giving them hope that touched their hearts, for extending to them a brotherly love, saying, it’s an encouragement, and they are grateful. “What you have given us is going to give birth to more, and it would move the heart of others to begin to follow or join in this great work of humanity.”