Jos Bombing: Governor Jang Orders Local Security Outfit Take-Off

jonah_jangThe Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, is asking the people of the state not to be cowed by the spate of bombings being launched by terrorists in the state, but to be courageous and hopeful for an abrupt end of the insurgents.

In order to provide additional support to other security agencies in the state in countering terrorism, the Governor announced the immediate take-off of a local security outfit to be known as ‘Neighborhood Watch’ in the state.

Governor Jang, who spoke at a special interdenominational service at the Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN, in Jos, the Plateau State capital, said that the state would overcome the atrocities of the insurgents if the people put their trust in God.

At least 76 persons were killed in two bomb blasts in the central area of Jos, the Plateau State capital on Tuesday, May 20.

The explosions, believed to have been caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), occurred around the busy Jos Main Market, between railway terminus and also at the temporary site of the Jos University Teaching Hospital.

Few days after, about three people died in another bomb blast on Saturday night along Bauchi road, close to a football viewing centre by University of Jos.

The blasts came as the Nigerian authorities continue the search for more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014.

 

Jonathan Says Boko Haram Must Go

The Federal Government of Nigeria has reassured citizens that the current administration will do its best to ensure that Boko Haram insurgency becomes a thing of the past in the country.

President Goodluck Jonathan gave the assurance while addressing Christian faithful at the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in the Federal Capital Territory, where he participated in the service to mark the first Sunday in the New Year.

President Jonathan, his mother, and some members of the cabinet joined the congregation to thank God for the New Year and to identify with the church at the beginning of the year.

The President commiserated with families hit by the terrorist group, most of them members of the church. He also called on well-meaning Nigerians to join hands with the administration so that the war against terror would collectively be won.

The leader of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), Reverend Dachollom Datri, delivered a message in which he commended the President for his “giant strides” in the administration. He expressed hope that the New Year would be crisis free, so that the church would suffer less as has been the case since the inception of terror attacks in the North.

He also declared the theme for the church in the New Year; ‘knowing the will of God’, emphasizing usefulness as the purpose of God.

The President appreciated the leadership of the church, and called for more prayers for the country, promising that in the midst of challenges especially in the North, Nigerians would soon witness the end of the Boko Haram sect.

The President also reiterated that development cannot be achieved overnight, but that his administration is committed to it, despite the daunting challenges.

The COCIN referred to Dr Jonathan as God’s gift to Nigeria, pledging to support him at all times with the belief that only the will of God shall prevail in the country as the year 2014 unfolds.

Apart from the typical praise, worship and bible readings expected of the service, the congregation, who were excited about the visit also said prayers for the President.