Nigeria: Jos Crisis And the Imperative of an Emergency Rule

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By the time you read this article, hopefully, a fresh "Panel of Enquiry" would have been set up to look into the "remote and immediate cause(s)" of the March 7 crisis in the Christian community of Dogo na Harwan in Jos South Local Council, and possibly decipher 'solutions to forestall future occurrences'.
Very appalling indeed that every now and then tax-payers money and perhaps their blood are been used to service successive panels of enquiry that remain fruitless at the end of the day, while the business of governance still goes on.
The incidence of violence is not new to Plateau State, but most of it had gone on without the perpetrators been brought to book or necessary measures done to avert future occurrences. But don't we think that a State of Emergency would be potent at this point in time to restore peace in Plateau State. It will be recalled that in May 2004, former president Olusegun Obasanjo declared a state of emergency in Plateau State over a sectarian crisis that led to the massacre of hundreds of Nigerian citizens in Yelwa. Though many may argue that that declaration did not restore total calm as expected, but it was evident that for the rest of that regime, no other major crisis was recorded - the emergency rule went a long way to instill sanity.
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