From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos
Major General Augustine Agundu, has disclosed reasons why the Plateau crisis has persisted to this moment.
General Agundu who is the commander of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), a multi-security taskforce gave the reasons on Tuesday during a meeting held at the Headquarters of the operation in Jos.
The meeting was mainly organized to look into the frequent issues that often cause violence in the state.
Similar peace meeting of traditional rulers was held at the Dialogue Reconciliation and Peace (DREP) Center, in Jos South Local Government Area of the state .
According to Agundu, one of the reasons is that most of the youth in the state are not productive and parents have failed in their responsibility to prepare them for better future, emphasising that if nothing is done to get the youths prepared, Plateau State would be forgotten.
Mr Agundu also said most of the youths have engaged in cultism saying they can kill and drink blood without fear of anything.
The army general added that beyond what he enumerated above, another major thing that is contributing to persistence of the crisis is people are still in possession of firearms and people who have knowledge that have not been reporting them to the security.
“ Most youths in Plateau state are not productive and their parents have refused to put them on the right direction to better their future. If you don’t prepare the youth now, you should forget about Plateau because parents have failed to discharge responsibility vested on them. Parents can’t say they cannot control their children.
“ Children have now engaged in cultism. They kill and drink blood and have become drug addicted. These drugs are sold within the community but people are not willing to expose those selling. This is quite unfortunate because most of the crimes are committed under the influence of these illicit drugs.
“ Many youths are in possession of firearms. I could remember when i was patrolling during the last violence around Dutse Uku, Tina Junction, behind ST. Mical , the volume of fire I heard was terrifying. So, you have to call your children to order. We can make peace from two houses to Community level, “ Mr Agundu told the gathering.
The meeting had in attendance religious and community leaders who were in their individual submissions called on people to embrace peace.
Plateau state has in recent time witnessed a number of violence which had claimed hundreds of lives including security personnel.