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Afenifere leader Adebanjo visits Gbong Gwom Jos over killings in Plateau

Written by on January 17, 2024

Elder statesman, Pa Ayo Adebanjo has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to match words with action in the fight against the menace of kidnapping, banditry and terrorism in the country.

Adebanjo who is the leader of Afenifere, the apex Yoruba cultural group made the call in Jos when
he led a delegation of Southern and Middlebelt Leaders to the Gbong Gwom Jos Palace in Jishe on a condolence visit over the recent Christmas Eve massacre that happened in Bokkos and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas of the State.

A statement issued by Alex Rwang-Pam, an aide to Gbong Gwom Jos after the visit quoted the Afenifere leader as saying that the deliberate attacks by these insurgents across the middle-
belt region of the country should not be given a religious coloration, describing them as acts of terrorism aimed at land-grabbing to displace ancestral land owners from their native lands at all costs.

Pa Adebanjo appealed to President Tinubu to rekindle the zeal he once had as a socio-political activist to ensure that the innocent and unarmed citizens in many states of the country that are facing persistent attacks and killings are not wiped
out by insurgents, stressing that Federal Government and National Assembly should look into the possibility of establishing State Police to guarantee community policing at the grassroot and over ungoverned spaces.

In his response, the Chairman Plateau State Council of Chiefs and the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba expressed appreciation over the visit, adding that the state, traditional council and families of affected persons are truly encouraged by the show of love and sympathy over the losses.

The royal father then made a case to the present administration to study reports of the 2014 National Conference which proposed strategies to deal with
insecurity as well as steps towards implementation of true federalism that will guarantee appropriate solutions.

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