Traditional rulers in Plateau State have resolved to assist the authorities and security agencies in identifying and exposing disgruntled elements that perpetuate crime and violence in their communities.
This was their resolution in a communiqué during an extra ordinary emergency meeting of Concerned Traditional Rulers on the recent killings in some parts of the State, held at Dialogue Reconciliation and Peace (DREP) center Kwang, in Jos South Local Government Area of the state.
The communique condemned in strong terms, the unfounded rumours and false accusations about the perpetrators of crime and violence in the state, noting that such act has rather deepened hatred and divisions among the people and fuelled violent conflicts in the state.
It urged traditional and religious leaders in the state to be non-partisan, objective and constructive in tackling problems confronting the society, adding that they should concentrate on providing leadership patterns that could foster unity and preserve the uniqueness of the people.
It also advocated for the immediate return and resettlement of displaced persons who are scattered in many places across the state in IDP camps under the atmosphere of peace, acknowledging the need for greater availability and accessibility of security personnel in conflict prevention, mediation and resolution.
They further called on the government to provide funds to assist the security agencies in building more security posts and barracks for a rapid, effective and efficient response to security and emergency situations.
They also advised government and its agencies to intensify efforts on the establishment of boundaries, enforcing regulations concerning acquisition and land development across the state.
The communique further condemned in strong terms the harassment, molestation and gruesome killings of innocent travelers caught up in web of violence and crisis perpetrated, especially by youths cutting across different ethnic groups and affiliations.
“We resolved to admonish our people to be more law abiding and loyal to constituted authorities, and appeal to state government to ensure the urgent implementation of the recommendations of the reconciliation committee set up in 2015 for which the White Paper has been issued and passed into law,” the monarchs said.
The monarchs also pledged to work in collaboration with all levels of government to ensure security and good governance, adding that they would submit a proposed structure to the state government that will help in implementing the concept of the state policing for desired results.
They stressed the need for the state government to make local governments to immediately review and enforce liquor license, to make sure that alcohol and related items are not sold in residential houses, and also design a prototype for those in such businesses and allocate designated places for them.
They also expressed dismay with some politicians who do not help matters as they not only feed the youths with drugs and other intoxicant and use them against their opponents, observing that, in some cases they even arm them.
According the communiqué, there is need for monarchs and religious leaders as well as the security agencies to work together as a team to promote and sustain peace, lamenting on the poor welfare of traditional institutions by government, tasking government to give more dignified and deserving treatment to traditional rulers in their respective portfolios.
The communique was signed by the Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev Dr Ignatius Kaigama, the Gbong Gwom Gwom Jos Jacob Gyang Buba and 18 other traditional rulers.