By ANDREW AJIJAH, JOS
Bishop Benjamin Kwashi, of the Anglican Church has revealed that over 30, 000 persons lost their lives since the beginning of Jos crisis in September 2001.
“From September 2001, when the Jos crisis began, with the killing of 150 persons, killing of people have continued till date; 30,000 people have been Killed, their names and addresses are unknown.” Kwashi said
Bishop Kwashi made the revelation Saturday at the maiden National conference on social justice, organized by the PSJ youth ambassadors for peace building and social Justice Summit, aimed at reforming younger Nigerians.
According the Anglican cleric, most of the victims of series of civil unrest in Plateau state, and in Nigeria as a whole are the down throdden who live from hand to mouth. “Those been Killed are people who are not fighting anyone, they have nothing, but they are been Killed, their assets ablze.”
Kwashi urged younger Nigerians to demand for justice, hold political office holders accountable, by so doing it could tasked them to be reformed and develop the country.
Programme Manager International Organization for Peace Building and Social Justice, who doubled as youth coordinator PSJ Nigeria Mr. Sam Ode, on his part, disabused the minds of Nigerian youths who might want to vacate Nigeria due to unstable economy.
In his presentation, the key note speaker of the event, Prof Zachary Gundu, Vice Chancellor University, of Mkar, said manipulation and marginalization of the downtrodden are the many cause of the many economic and insecurity challenges bedevilling the country.
The University Don revealed that Nigerian political office holders have taken advantage of the deep poverty in the land and are manipulating citizens to their advantage.
Prof Agundu, noted sadly that there is a high number of out of school children in the country, which is a danger in the nearest future. “In the northern Nigeria today, there are many out of school children, who are likely to be manipulated to cause mayhem, if not controlled.” He observed.
Another guest speaker Khadijah Abdullahi Iya in a presentation, told the youth to be respectful, however urged them to use their large population to fight for their rights, but in a peaceful manner.
She charged parents to show love to their love children, as a means to inculcating love and affection to the upcoming generation.
Similarly, the Executive Director International Peace Building and Social Justice Ishaya Inuwa Durkwa, in a welcome address earlier, also noted that there are dangerous moments ahead, should the negatives are not corrected, hence the need for such dialogue summit.
The International Organization for Peace Building and Social Justice is an organization geared towards mitigating into injustices done to the poor, and the voiceless.
Parents and guidance irrespective of age, economic and social status were charged to live life worthy of emulation by the children, who are have likely hood of being parents tomorrow.
All the speakers at the youth conference informed that, unless social Justice is practiced across the country, Nigerian challenges might continue.