PLATEAU PEACE PRACTITIONERS NETWORK (PPPN)
21st May, 2014
THIS SPREE OF KILLING OF INNOCENT CITIZENS MUST STOP.
The peaceful atmosphere that have prevailed in recent times in the city of Jos, Plateau state, North Central Nigeria was yesterday disturbed by twin bomb explosions that occurred within an interval of 23minutes at the popular and ever busy terminus/railway area of Jos; a business area with a bee hive of activities, resulting in the death of over 50 people, leaving scores of persons injured and others possibly maimed for life.
The concerted effort by state and non state actors aimed at rebuilding relationships, promoting a culture of peace, social cohesion, strengthening and consolidating on the peace building process have yielded positive results as seen from the restoration of relationships, social and community re-integration, community resilience, religious freedom and tolerance as well as provision of dividends of democracy by the state government especially in the areas of infrastructural development. All these are made possible only in the atmosphere of peace.
However, the twin explosions that rocked the city yesterday afternoon at about around 2:51pm by yet to be identified groups is an attempt to break our renewed bond of friendship that cuts across religious and ethnic lines and to also disrupt the peace enjoyed by all in the state.
The Plateau Peace Practitioners Network (PPPN), a coalition of all the NGOS/CSOS both local and international that works in the area of peace-building, human rights, good governance and development in Plateau state raises her voice in total condemnation of this horrible and gruesome murder of innocent men and women, including children who went about their normal and routine business of seeking just and honest means of livelihood.
There is and will never be any justifiable reason for such attack and violence on innocent citizen. We believe and see this as an attempt to further break down the trust and confidence amongst residents of the city and a deliberate desire to sow a seed of discord in the hearts of men. We commend and appreciate the resilience of communities that did not give rooms to disorderliness, and violence to excel as the perpetrators have so wished.
Our hearts go to the families of victims of the bomb explosion, some of whom still wait in anticipation the return of their loved ones. May God be their consolation and may the souls of those who died in the explosion rest in peace. Amen.
We commend also the efforts of government, security agencies, CSOs/NGOS, media practitioners, and well-meaning Nigerians that were at hand to rescue victims and provide relief for those affected. We also commend medical personnel that were on hand to receive victims of the blast. Such show of love and solidarity is a demonstration of our common heritage as humans which should not be broken by any negative ploy or attempt.
We wish to appeal to the general public not to give in to any attempt by disgruntled groups or persons to cause chaos and further violence in the city and state at large. We should rather rally around victims and their families to give them the needed support while we also remain vigilant and security conscious. Violence or any form of reprisals will do us no good, but rather cause more hardship for all.
We therefore call on government at all levels and security agencies to make concerted efforts to avert future occurrences through pro-active measures and to also ensure that perpetrators of this horrible inhuman act are brought to justice.
We continue to work and pray for a peaceful and just Plateau.
For further inquiry: contact Godwin Okoko (President 08061296216), Chris Ogbonna (Secretary 08036188200), or Mildred Bako (P.R.O 07061387896). E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.