Who Are Responsible For The Bombings In Jos, Nigeria?
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Who Are Responsible For The Bombings In Jos, Nigeria?

The Jos people of Nigeria have currently been under incessant bomb attacks.

The Jos people of Nigeria have currently been under incessant bomb attacks. For the past few years, they  have been facing different forms of sectarian violence ranging from gun battles to the recent use of sophisticated bombs. It is very important at this juncture, that the necessary authorities in Nigeria should proffer lasting solutions to save the Jos people from all these untold massacres. Many patriotic Nigerians have really showed unreserved concern over the series of tragedies that are reoccurring in Jos and other parts of Nigeria. Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and the current presidential candidate for the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) was worried about the state of insecurity in Nigeria. He expressed his fears to news men, “this act of reckless state plunder is so prevalent in our country today and this represents one of the greatest human tragedy that has shackled our progress as a people and society. We cannot continue like this.” Excerpts from – (234NEXT.com).

The Jos people are predominantly Christians and the city, located in the Middle Belt of Nigeria forms the border between the Moslem dominated north and the Christian dominated south. As in many border cities, there has been the question of who really owns the city; the Middle Belt Christians or the Northern Moslems. This struggle has prepared a suitable ground for unscrupulous persons to carry out their nefarious activities which have led to the incessant genocide in the region.

The Jos people of Nigeria have experienced several devastating shocks from the reoccurring crises in the city. There were crises in 1994, 2001, 2008, and the terrorizing bomb blasts of 2010 and 2011 that has claimed many lives. The crises started with minor disagreements among the inhabitants of the city and its environs in 1994 and gradually metamorphosed into physical combats over the years. In the early parts of the fracas, machetes, clubs, bows and arrows were used by the warring factions. As the hostilities persisted, the use of guns and other lethal weapons were introduced and finally it’s the era of the use of bombs in the historic city of Jos. Why are these crises persisting?

On 13th of April 2010, there was a bomb blast in Jos City killing three people. On the 25th of December, 2010, another series of bombs exploded in the ancient City of Jos leaving more than twenty people dead. Again, on the 19th of March, 2011, there was yet another explosion in Jos killing two people and wounding many. The people of Jos City are living in perpetual fear and insecurity. Each day comes with fresh news of tragedies in the city. Who are behind these bombings?

The long standing feud between the Christians and Moslems in Jos City is no longer news, so there is the need to look deeper than the religious hostilities. The government is not doing enough to protect the vulnerable people of Jos City. This was made categorically clear in Mallam Nuhu Ribadu’s interview with journalists on the 26th December, 2010, a day after the most devastating bomb blast in Jos. He told journalists that, “It is clear to me that we need to urgently address the cancer of insecurity in our country. The major indicators of this crisis are too glaring to be missed. We need to fiercely challenge the insecurity that stalks the Nigerian soil.” Excerpts from – (234NEXT.com).

Secondly, what are the law enforcement agents doing? The criminals that terrorize Jos are not spirits; they are human, so the law enforcement agents have some questions to answer. The incident that occurred between the Plateau State Commissioner of Police and the 'Leadership Weekend' places a lot of questions on the qualification of the Nigeria Police. After the bomb blast of the 2010 Christmas Eve, the Plateau State Commissioner of Police told 'Leadership Weekend' that only seven people were injured in the blast. But the Commissioner of Information of the state, Mr. Gregory Nyelong, confirmed that twenty people lost their lives in the blast. Excerpts from – (Allafrica.com.).

And lastly, many quarters believe that some politicians are behind these gruesome bomb blasts. It is believed that some political opponents to the ruling party are fueling the crises in Jos City to ridicule the government and to prove that they are incompetent.

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