Jos Crisis: was Published report doctored?

The Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District in the National Assembly and a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Jos Crisis, Dr. Gyang Dantong has alleged that recent report submitted by Chief Solomon Lar to President Goodluck Jonathan on the Jos crisis was doctored and expressed shock over what he alleged to be falsehood published by some media outfits about the.

But speaking to, Secretary of the Ulama Elders Council, Lawal Ishaq said:

“I cannot see how the report could have been doctored. The committee was consisted of almost all stakeholders. All the problems were tabled fearlessly and solutions thereto arrived near unanimously. The report came out with one hard fact: that some Nigerians who choose to reside in Jos have been marginalized for decades. That it is time to make amends. This fact cannot be pleasant to people like the Senator who is now alleging the doctoring of the report”.

Senator Dantong stated that some of the recommendations as published by some media houses were not in the report submitted, adding that “it is only President Jonathan that can tell us what is in the report and as he has promised to implement what is in the report, we will do well to wait for that.”

The senator disclosed this at a forum organised by the Correspondent Chapel of the Plateau State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) tagged, “Accountability Forum,” where he fielded questions on diverse topics from the journalists.

Dantong said those who leaked the report to the media did a big disfavour to his constituency and urged the people to disregard the controversies the leakage is causing in the polity.

According to him, “The falsehood that was published mentioned the issues of creation of additional local governments and rotation of chairmanship at local government level and these are even outside our terms. We cannot usurp the power of the state INEC that can create local governments and cannot dictate to the people who they want to govern them.”