29 July 2012

Nigeria: Treat Jos Crisis As National Conflict

Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, Saturday said the prevailing crisis in Jos, Plateau State should not be seen as a local crisis of the state but should rather be given national prominence.

Ochekpe made the remarks at the just concluded African First Ladies' Peace Mission (AFLPM) Summit in Abuja. According to her, Nigerians from all walks of life should be involved in finding a lasting solution to the perennial crisis and killings in the state, given that all sections of the country were victims.

She said: "For the conflict in Jos, the solution is a Nigerian solution; it's one that all Nigerians have to be part of in resolving, it's not a crisis that should be localised because the people who live in Jos come from different part of this country."

On his part, Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, said the media should evolve a framework that will project the evil of terrorism rather than propagating its message.

Maku urged the African media not to give in to the need to report negative news and put national unity to jeopardy, adding "today, we are reporting terror and conflict in the same way."

The minister rather tasked the media to appraise conflict situations critically in order to recognise the perceptible causes and as well seek possible solutions.

This came just as the AFLPM re-elected Nigeria's First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan for another term of two years. Mrs. Jonathan who took over from Alhaji Turai Yar'Adua mid term after the latter's husband died in office in 2010 is expected to run the affairs of the forum till 2014.

Also, the forum further made a commitment to construction of the body's secretariat in Abuja, where the cost of the project is put at about $50 million.

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