Chris Steven, Abuja
Commercial activities in Jos, the Plateau State capital was temporarily halted as residents of the state stormed the streets to protest the endless killings in the state.
The protesters were calling for the prosecution of those behind the ongoing killings in the state.
The protesters, under the aegis of ‘The Faithful, a group of clergymen, also want owner of the deadly mining pond in Dura Du, where the car belonging to the missing General Idris Alkali (rtd) was found arrested and prosecuted.
They were, however, intercepted by a team of Mobile Police men on their way to the palace of Gbong Gwom of Jos for security reasons.
Convener of the protest, Bro. Rotdunna Sekat, while speaking on behalf of the group, called for the prosecution of the former state governor of the state, Jonah Jang, as one of the brains behind the bloodletting in the towm.
Sekat said, “We do not want to be a party to the shedding of innocent blood that is today crying ceaselessly to God from Plateau so we took time to search ourselves and search on behalf of the good people of the state for we know that we the people of Plateau state are not collectively evil.
“We were guided to Proverbs 29:2 that says “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” The people we identified in this authority are the Gbom Gwom Jos, Dr Jacob Gyan Buba and a former state governor, Senator Jonah Jang. They are the leadership whose hands drip with the blood of the innocent in our vision.
“These are the leaders that must be called to account for the carnage that have become daily occurrence in our land. For even the Bible in Isaiah 1:23 acknowledges their roles when it noted that “Your rulers are rebels and companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe And chases after rewards They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow’s plea come before them.”
“We see the hands of these two in the pond that was discovered in Dura-Du, Jos and they cannot absolved themselves as being complicit in inciting the community of Berom to snuff the life out of other Plateau people and Nigerians. It is possible that they act in the inhumane way they do because they are being misled by people they see as their divine leaders, which is why we hold out hope for them like the Bible does: Ezekiel 33:11 ESV “Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?”
“We have watched in pains as the activities of these two men have led to endless bloodshed that can make us all stand guilty before God. We would therefore rely on God’s word to decide what to do with them. Leviticus 18:29 “For whoever does any of these abominations, those persons who do so shall be cut off from among their people,” is clear what has to happen for we are further exhorted by Psalm 125:3
“For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous, So that the righteous will not put forth their hands to do wrong.”
“The acts of wickedness is not tolerable from any individual, when that individual happens to be a ruler it makes the situation doubly worse for citizens as their sins may be visited on the entire population. We have seen in 1 Samuel 2:31-33 that God takes authority away from the wicked and we have decided that God’s wrath must not fall on the people before we do the needful.
“The Faithful therefore calls on the governor of Plateau state, His Excellency Simon Bako Lalong to immediately depose Dr Jacob Gyan Buba as the Gbom Gwom Jos, for his atrocities have reached to the high heavens where the killings of innocent people in the state is concerned. He has rather teamed up with Senator Jang to tolerate the killing of others by the Berom.
“Dr Buba’s unholy alliance with Senator Jang is one that the state groans under. It is costing life and we hope that his removal will bring an end to the endless bloodletting. We also hope that he will use the period after his removal for introspection to so that he can properly seek forgiveness from our all forgiving Lord. Even as he seeks forgiveness from God, the Nigerian state should not neglect to identify the role he played in the killings in around that pond and take the measure that may be necessary.
“As for Senator Jang, there have been enough entreaties for him to rescind his threat to make the state ungovernable since his party lost election. Unfortunately, all entreaties have fallen on deaf ears. HE has only intensified efforts at making militiamen out of his Berom brothers and the spirit of those fallen to the war he declared cry for justice daily. We have resolved to leave him to God to get his recompense.
“We, however, hope that Nigerian laws catch up with him here on earth pending when he answers to God.
“We only urge that people recognize when the wrath of God begin to befall Jang and all those that have walked in his path like Shimei will come to a sad end. This is why we urge the people of Dura-Du and all other well-meaning Beroms to separate themselves from iniquity that their leaders have become.
“Those that had colluded with these evil should explore the grace of repentance and the peace that comes from confession to leave behind the evil they have done. Where possible they should volunteer information that will assist law enforcement agents get to the bottom of the evil that has been done against our dear state.
“The good people of Plateau state should come together to demand that enough is enough with the soaking of our soil with blood so that we do not yield sorrow on a longer term.
“We do not want to have to be the ones to answer for the sins of evil men before God so we are acting now to cast them out from our midst before their sins are visited on the entire land. The state and federal governments must align with the people in this regard so that God does not hold the government as being in collusion with the sponsors of killers.”