Leaders of the Hausa/Fulani community in the troubled state of Plateau have called on President Goodluck Jonathan to implement only the reports of the various panels set up by the central government.
They particularly want the reports of the panels headed by both Gen. Emmanuel Abisoye and Chief Solomon Lar to be implemented, as they believe that the reports of other panels set up by the Plateau government have not only lost contemporary relevance but are sub-judice.
This is the kernel of the request made by Hausa/Fulani leaders when they visited President Jonathan at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday night.
The meeting, which took place at the First Lady’s conference hall, started at about10pm and went on into the late hours of the night. It came barely 72 hours after the president met with the Berom stock, the other major player in the crisis.
The Berom elders were led to the meeting with Jonathan on Monday by a former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs and current Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Buba Gyang.
The representatives of the Hausa group, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande; a former Minister of State for Information and Communication and Rep of Fulani and Protem National Secretary, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders of Nigeria, Alhaji Sale Bayari spoke to State House Correspondents after their meeting with Jonathan.
Nakande said, "We are here on the invitation of Mr. President, the president has taken so many initiatives and again this is another initiative towards finding lasting solution to the protracted crisis in Plateau State but specifically within the Jos axis that is within Jos North, South local governments.”
He said the discussion concerned the way forward, and how best to tackle the crisis and enhance tolerance, accommodation and respect for one another so that the conflicts can come to an end.
“We also discussed mechanisms with which government will help to put in place so that each time there are conflicts, ways and means of resolving the conflicts amicably would have been used to resolve them,” he said.
The objective of the discussion with the President was to enable the government put together all the information available to it and evaluate it, as well as hold further meetings with other communities involved in the conflict on the journey to finding a lasting solution to the problem.
"We discuss that and agreed to a larger extent, most of the commission of Inquiry especially those set up by Plateau government, we said all those commissions of Inquiry have lost contemporary relevance but we are confident that the one set up by Federal Government especially the General Abisoye report as well as the advisory committee on Jos crisis headed by Solomon Lar, we are comfortable with that but the rest are in fact subjudice and therefore cannot be implemented."
The Fulani representative appealed to the federal government to settle the issue of indigenes and settlers.