From Yakubu Busari, Jos
The Berom speaking natives of Plateau State have called on Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District, Sen. Istifanus Gyang to tender an unreserved apology to the his people for allegedly pleading for forgiveness on their behalf from the Hausa Fulani in the state.
According to the people speaking through Berom Political Frontier platform the apology tendered by the senator during the last Sallah celebration was yet to be fully explained to them because he said he “the apology he tendered for wrongs we made”. This is unclear to us.
BPF stated this at a press briefing on Friday in Jos, the state capital as part of notification of activities to mark the area’s Annual Thanks Giving and Prayer Day, known as WUSAL Berom, coming up on Sunday, November, 10 at Vwei (Mararaban Jama’a) Open Arena, in Jos South Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State.
The statement also questioned the capacity of the Senator to have spoken on behalf of the Berom, the Berom Socio-Cultural groups and Plateau People at large.
While making reference to the National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Socio-cultural Organization, Abdullahi Bodejo, who said that there was no basis for the Fulani herdsmen to tender apology to Governor Samuel Ortom and the people of Benue state, over alleged killings of Benue people, the spokesman of BPF, Mr. David Choji said:
“We, as BPF members, want to also use this Press Briefing to call on Sen. I. D. Gyang to refrain from representing the Berom people in such capacity and follow the basic path of fairness and justice as cardinal principles of democracy by consulting with his people. Even at that level, he should also realize that he is not the political leader of the Berom people.
“Based on the Fulani National President’s stand on the issue, we use this medium to call on Sen. I.D. Gyang to tender an unreserved apology to the Berom People and the entire Plateau people now.”