The Nigerian Army said it has organized football competition for residents of Plateau State in order to restore confidence and strengthen peaceful coexistence among the people of the of state.
The Army said the competition was an added strategy to rebuild the lost unity among the residents of the state.
The state has been experiencing series of crises since 2001 where hundreds of people were killed including security personnel and therefore saw the need by the army to strategize more ways of bringing people together to embrace peace.
All the participating teams were mixed with players cutting across the Christian and Muslim communities to achieve oneness.
Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), a multi-security taskforce, saddled with the responsibility of restoring and maintaining peace in the state in collaboration with a Coalition of Plateau Youth Leaders on the Plateau have organized a Unity Football Competition in the state.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of the tournament, OPSH Commander, Major General Augustine Agundu said that the command collaborated with coalition of Plateau youth leaders and organized the competition in order to build a long lasting peace in the state.
He said: “The competition is also part of our social and corporate responsibilities, our mandate now is not only to carry guns and go after criminals, but to also maintain peace in the state by engaging in social responsibilities like the football competition.”
The final match was played by Mr. Ali/Gurum of Bassa Local Government Area and Kabong/Janta of Jos North Local Government Area where Mr. Ali/Gurum won 5-4 on penalties after the match ended 1- 1 draw.