In response to a barrage of questions from journalists on the Plateau issues [SIC], Jang angrily said: “Am I God to end Jos crisis…He wondered why people were particular about insecurity in Plateau. ‘Is Plateau the only place that has security problem? Security situation is all over the country, so why are you so particular about Plateau State?”- DAILY TRUST, Wednesday, September 14, 2011.
Frankly, I was not surprised by Governor Jonah Jang’s response quoted at the head of this piece. Under his watch, crisis has turned beautiful Plateau State, into an unparalleled killing field. Jos was the most cosmopolitan city in Northern Nigeria, drawing vibrancy from peoples from everywhere, to post success in different human endeavours; while its most-reassuring geography made it a place to settle in or visit.
Whoever has experienced Plateau hospitality would feel the pains of its peoples today, lament the sorry state of social existence, the ruination of economic intercourse and the destruction of inter-personal relationships across divides that reign in city and outskirts today.
One of the most tragic expressions of leadership failure is refusal to rise above prejudices and mindset. Leadership obliges those at the helms to go beyond their own tunnel visions; appreciate the larger picture and work for the overall interest of society.