The U.S. ambassador visited Jos on Monday.
The United State of America, USA, has expressed interest in helping to resolve the protracted violence in Plateau State. The American ambassador, Martin Branan, made the disclosure in Jos on Monday during a working visit to Nigeria.
The ambassador paid a courtesy call on the Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang. He told Mr. Jang that he had met with President Goodluck Jonathan and other senior government officials on August 15 to discuss how to resolve the issues that generate tension and insecurity and how his country can intervene for lasting peace in the country.
The diplomat said the U.S. is determined to assist Nigeria to overcome the challenges denting the image of the country and to “foster solution to the issues that lead to the current difficulties.”
Responding, Mr. Jang lamented that his state had witnessed its own challenges right from the era of the military and expressed the desire of his administration to end the violence before he leaves office in 2015.
The governor added that if the federal government and other Nigerians had attended to the plight of Plateau indigenes when the state was under series of attacks, the current security challenges bedeviling the country would have been minimised.
Mr. Jang said he had officially reported the invasion by foreign mercenaries into the state. The governor claimed he was tried by an international organisation, after which he was investigated and found innocent.
“I don’t know how a governor would want to see blood of his people spilled, knowing very well that the problem has been in existence many years before I took over. Maybe my own sin was that I said I was going to take every action to make sure this problem ends once and for all,” he said.
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