From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos
Coalition of Jos Youth Association ( CYA), has denied the allegation that Hausa communities of Anguwan Rogo, Anguwan Rimi, kwanar Shagari and Bauchi Road were threat to existence of University of Jos.
The group was responding to an allegation leveled against its members by Unijos branch of Academic Staff Union of University ( ASUU), that the said communities were threat to the existence of the institution.
Unijos ASUU had on October 25, at a world press conference led by its chairperson, Lazarus Megoro, accused the said communities of attacking members of the university whenever there was security breach in Plateau.
In a statement signed by the chairman and secretary of the group, Barr. Barrhari Ibrahim and Corade Tibibi and 17 others, said It was very ridiculous that a supposed academic body like ASUU would stoop so low into falsehood and religious bigotry of this nature.
“If not for the purposes of putting the record straight, we would not have deem it necessary to reply the bigoted, biased and unprofessional disposition of the Maigoro led ASUU in view of its hard-line stands against the people of the communities merely because they are Muslim.
“The insinuation that there was security breach on 14th September, 2017 and attack on some staff and students of the University by members of the communities are figments of imagination of Maigoro led ASUU. This is in view of the facts that the Gate of the Naraguta Campus of the University of Jos do not face the Anguwan Rogo Community.
“In fact, the Naraguta Campus is not even close to Anguwan Rogo as it is located on the road linking to Farin Gada- Zaria Road which on daily basis witnesses the inflow of passersby from within and outside Plateau state. How then did ASUU arrive at its fallacious conclusion that Dr. (Mrs.) Nandi Gwanshak was attacked by some hoodlums from Anguwan Rogo Community? Is ASUU sure that it is not their students, other passersby or members of the Christian neighboring communities of Obel or Rusau Village that attacked the said Mrs. Gwanshak, if truly there was any such attack?
“On the alleged attack of students in the village hostels on 28th September, 2018, we make bold to say that the Maigoro led ASUU do not know the environmental terrain of the University as Anguwan Rogo Community is not in any way close to the village hostel. ASUU, University of Jos should please know that the village hostel of the University is directly opposite Obel Community along Farin Gada Road and adjacent Rusau Village. Why should ASUU decide to close its eyes against these facts and try to paint Anguwan Rogo black out of sheer hatred?
“ The University of Jos Main Campus shares a fence with Anguwan Rogo Community for over 40 years and there is never a time when person from the community ever attempt to temper with it or do anything negative to it or any University property whatsoever,” the statement reads.
The Group added that, “The old campus of the University of Jos is currently housed by the Gangare Community and for the past 40 years there is no record showing that the community ever attacked the University property or any of its staff. “
The group, however, called on the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Sabastine Memaka to call Unijos ASUU to stop tarnishing the image of Hausa communities.
“We call on the peace loving Vice Chancellor of the University- Professor Sabastine Seddi Maimako to call ASUU University of Jos Chapter to order to desist from casting aspersions, lies and baseless propaganda against our communities, “ the stated.