Friday, 25 November 2011

Jos crisis: one of the questions that the nation has failed to answer by Alison

www.reuters.comAn Italian journal called ANSA.IT reports of a recent break out of violence in the central part of the nation. The journal talks of an impressive number of people killed yesterday, 24 November 2011, in a city, formerly known as a land of peace and tranquillity, Jos[1]. The journal continues by explaining the effort of the government in bringing to term this last violence between the two greatest religious confessions in the nation. The government, the journal explains, seeing the gravity of the situation declared a 24 hours of no movement in the area.
The question that continue to reoccur to many Nigerians, including my humble person, is whether the problem of Jos is beyond the government or the government takes joy in seeing her citizens destroy themselves by brutal and incessant killing of one another? Why has nothing been done to bring to an mayhem? If really the reason of their fighting is religious, as we are always made to believe, why have the religious leaders not been able to bring to order their followers? Have they really control of their followers or not?
But seeing the effort of most of the religious leaders, I start to think that Jos problem has to be revisited. It should be re-examined from another perspective. It should be giving, I think, first, sociological analysis to understand why life between people who ordinarily used to share the same land area, people who have practically grown together, just at a moment start to kill each other.
It should also be giving anthropological approach in other to understand why because of their relationship with God, if eventually the reason is religious, (though God will never want anyone to fight for him), the citizens find it difficult to relate peacefully. And if eventually the reason is religious, then the problem becomes more complex for how come that people worshiping the same God should kill each other if they believe in God at all?
In fact, something is wrong somewhere and those in charge of this people have a serious question to answer. They have to say why the situation continues worsening everyday and every moment? Who are responsible for this massacre? Who sponsors the crisis? Who have done what to redeem the situation and why has it not had a positive effect?
The problem of Jos crisis is not just the massacre but the inability to find out the reason behind the crisis; the inability to bring to table those sponsoring the crisis and why they do so.

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree with the case you have built up around the embarrassment of the festering Jos ethno-religious conflagrations.As I have wondered aloud, where are all the illustrious sons and daughters of the state in this most trying moments? I also agree with you totally that the inability of those concerned to bring this to an end raises a great deal of problems.The Jos Problem as it has infamously come to be known as is not beyond those in authorities.The crisis is a true test of the leadership credentials of our so-called leaders. I think what they lack is the will to solve it once and for all probably because of the implications involved in resolving it. Jos is not so gross a city that can defy solving.The Jonathan administration has the onerous responsibility in solving it by implementing the various investigative reports on the crisis. The government will need a group of respectible peace negotiators who understand the Jos problem to be able to broker peace. They will need to impress on the groups on the wisdom to toe the path of peace and dialogue as has always being advocated by the Catholic Archbishop of Jos, the Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama.
    Furthermore, all those concerned must be sincere in their search for peace. It is one thing to speak about peace in the open and then speak another in private.They also need to measure their speeches to ensure that what is said is statemanly and that it can promote the cause of peace.The government at the state level must also reconsider its present position since it is not yielding the expected results. It must rid itself of the toga of partisanship as it is being alleged by some of the interest groups.
    Above all, the feuding factions in Jos should realised that the world has gone past some of the issues that are being fought with human lives.