By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
Gbong Gwom Jos ,Da Jacob Gyang Buba has sent a word of warning to the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong to stop intruding into the affairs of the traditional institutions in the state to avoid plunging Plateau into another phase of crisis.
The Royal father said for some time now, he has been devoting his time calming down the fray nerves of vibrant youths of the Berom Nation to avoid the state going on flame.
The Berom Royal Father Da Jacob Gyang Buba handed down the warning at the celebration of this year 2019 annual Berom Cultural festival “Nzem Berom”held at the Rwang Pam Township stadium in JOS the plateau state capital.
Gbong Gwom JOS who is the Chairman Plateau State traditional council said I have never heard both in my experience and history where the government redefine traditional boundaries that have hitherto coexist Peacefully and without misunderstanding between two ethics groups.
The creation of the two traditional councils – Jos North and Riyom – has effectively whittled down the powers of the paramount ruler who superintends over traditional rulers in the four local governments that make up Jos Joint traditional Council.
With the split however, the Gbong Gwom Jos is left with only two local government areas – Jos South and Barkin-Ladi.
The monarch, Da Jacob Gyang Buba called on Governor Simon Bako Lalong to direct his energy to address the state land use Act that had been begging for government attention .
“The country had a Land Use Act with the customary rights of land ownership embedded in it.”
“All over Nigeria, land belongs to communities, families and individuals. We want to appeal that government must not take actions that will bring security challenges to Plateau.
“Yesterday night, I had to appeal to the Berom nation and its vibrant youths to please calm down.
“I told them that as sensitive as the issue is perceived, it has not gone beyond the Berom traditional institution, the elders and the Berom organisations.
“We will sit with government and educate government about what it is; we hope we will have the listening ears of the governor to make amends where they have made errors.
“There is no human being that is perfect, we all make mistakes.
“We appeal to the Berom nation to please calm down. We will follow due process and we are absolutely sure that God will not forsake us,” the monarch maintained.
He further add that the had write a well worded letter to governor Lalong led government, to as matter of urgency to revisit all hitherto Commission of enquiry results with a view of implementation.
“I had cause to write to the state government reminding it of reports of three judicial commissions of inquiry between 1994 to 2009.”
“All the judicial commissions of inquiry agreed with the position that Jos belongs to the Afizere, Anaguta and the Berom.
“I wrote a letter last year reminding the governor of this and requesting him to allow traditional rulers of these tribes to sit with the state boundary commission to determine everybody’s boundary.
“I am still appealing to government to look into this.
“We don’t want a situation where government policy will bring chaos between neighbors, brothers and sisters that have lived together in peace over the ages,”