By JIDAUNA DARING
As part of effort to sustain the relative peace currently being enjoyed in Plateau State, Christians and Muslims living in Abattoir and Dogo-Karfe both of Jos South Local Government Area (LGA) of the state have signed an Expression of Commitment to Peace as community.
Our Correspondent reports that the symbolic signing of the peace accord as requested by the two communities from the Plateau State Peace Building Agency (PPBA) and was performed at Bilgade High School Abattoir, Jos South LGA, last Wednesday during a meeting organized by the agency as part of activities to celebrate this year’s International Peace Day which was being celebrated every September 21 each year.
The Director General of PPBA, Mr. Joseph Lengmang who read the Peace Accord before it was signed said that the over roll objectives was of the symbolic event, dated September 18, 2019 and facilitated by the agency was to demonstrated their commitment to address contentious issues of conflicts between the two communities with a view to facilitating forgiveness and reconciliation with one another.
Mr. Lengmang told the participants that the state Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong did not establish the agency for himself but for the entire people of the state.
He maintained that the agency was established with a given mandate to promote peace in the state, and to also go to places that were affected by crisis, adding that the meeting was to equally take decision on issues that always spark up conflict amongst the communities.
The Director General told the two communities that they were the ones to allow peace to reign at all times, especially “when you think peace, talk peace, discuss peace,” adding that “any peace that is force or imposed on people does not last long”.
He affirmed that there can never be peace without understanding and trust amongst them, hence the need for them to bury whatever differences they have, so that they would continue to live in peace with one another.
He commended the traditional rulers of the two communities for always preaching the message of peace to their subjects, urging them to maintained such tempo, and also assured them of the agency’s readiness to look into the issues raised by the two communities during the meeting.
Representative of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Anglo-Jos, DSP Tsado David attributed some of the challenges face to lack of good parental training among some youths and advised every family to put their houses in order, especially in the area of ensuring close monitoring of their children.
The participants described the increasing rate of drug abuse among some youths of the two communities as one of the major problem that poses a serious concern to them and appeal to the State government to create more jobs opportunities for the idle youths.
The participants also appreciated the organizers for finding time to interact with them and assured the agency that the two communities were already living in peace and would continue to live in peace.
Our correspondent reports that the agency also held the same meeting at Bukuru Gyel of Jos South LGA.