JOS CRISIS: Obasanjo knew he was wrong, says Rev. Yakubu Pam


REMEMBER that petite Assemblies of God Church cleric, Rev. Yakubu Pam who was at the receiving end of  President Olusegun Obasanjo tongue lashing when the Jos crisis broke out in May 2004.
More than six years after “You are an idiot’ and ‘CAN my foot’ invectives  by the then president, the North Central zonal chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, still holds Obasanjo responsible for the failure of government to address the perennial violent clashes in the Tin City.
In an interview in Lagos, Pam said the only viable way now available to government, is a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a strong leader who will ensure that there is freedom of worship for every Nigerian in every part of the country. A after Rev., Pam’ s comment Jos hundred of people were slaughtered in the outskirt of the State. Excerpts…
What is the way out of the Plateau State crisis?
First and foremost, I want to appreciate the Nigerian Media which has been speaking on issues in the country. Without the Media in Nigeria, I do not know where we would have been today. To be specific on the crisis in the northern part of Nigeria, particularly the Plateau, I will say this is something that has come to really wake the conscience of the nation to think. Even if we were throwing it behind us before it is getting to a state where it will consume  everybody if it is not managed.
Before they would tell people it is a communal clash between one community and another. Nobody would address the real issue and there were lots of violent clashes in the North. And these things kept occurring because the real issue was not addressed not until the 2000 that the real thing began to come out that this is an issue the whole nation needs to address.
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