Friday, April 25, 2014

Gbong Gwom Jos blames city’s unrest on youth drunkenness


Another attack was reported in Jol area of Plateau.

Efforts to restore lasting peace in Plateau State was inhibited on Monday when the peace building team in the state was informed that Jol, a village in restive Riyom Local Government Area was attacked by unknown persons.

Jol is expected to be next destination of the peace building team.

The news of the attack was relayed to the people in Jos South by the traditional ruler of Jos, the Plateau capital, as he led a peace advocacy tour which is being undertaken in conjunction with the Special Task Force in Jos. He said that while no life was lost, many farmlands were destroyed.

‘Irresponsible youth’

The traditional ruler of Jos, the Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Buba chided the youth in Jos South for indulging in drunkenness.

Mr. Buba said the indulgence in drunkenness has inflamed the unrest in the area.

He said that since no drunk person can be said to be responsible, there will not be security for drunks.

He also chided parents in the community whom he said have failed in bringing up their children properly.

“Parents, especially mothers have failed in their responsibilities of child upbringing, that is why the trend of youth drunkenness keeps rising daily. The Bible tells us that we should bring up a child in a proper way,” he said.

Speaking further, the traditional ruler said “some so called parents and community leaders are also involved in this, you can hear the youth in a beer parlour say “A ba Baba Kwalba daya,” meaning “give daddy one bottle”.

While speaking, the youth leader of Kuru, Daniel Pwajok, admitted that some of the youth indulge in drunkenness, and apologised on their behalf. He also pledged to call his members to order, but lamented that rather than protect the communities in the state from attacks, the security agents were killing members of the community.

According to Mr. Pwajok, Kuru youth were the most affected in the killings by uniformed men, whom he alleged to be soldiers. Mr. Pwajok recalled an incident in Vom last year, where he said military men opened fire on peaceful protesting youth and killed one of them, injuring many others.

The youth leader advocated for the removal of soldiers from the streets of Jos, saying that they had over stayed their welcome.

He said those attacking communities in Plateau State perpetrated the acts under the cover of being security forces.

Some group leaders who spoke at various venues of the peace, however, applauded efforts of the STF in ensuring that peace returned to the area.

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