Youths in Nigeria’s Plateau State say they will henceforth mobilize to defend against armed attacks – resisting national laws which disfavor self-defense.
The youths from a predominantly Christian Berom tribe on 29th December said they had had enough of “harassments” by terrorists without government intervention.
“We will resist every form of attack,” said newly elected leader of the Berom Youth Molders Association (BYM), Mr. Solomon Dalyop during his inauguration in Jos.
“We will stand to tell the world our story. We will checkmate all excesses of individuals in groups and bodies that work against our common heritage and duly report same. This is talking about the enemies of Berom land,” said Solomon, a human rights lawyer who also announced the constitution of a team of rights lawyers to reclaim annexed lands.
“We will ensure that all our seized lands are recovered. We will make sure that our lands do not remain in the hands of terrorists. We will get back our land by the grace of God,” he said.
Representatives of Plateau State in the Nigerian Parliament – Senator Istifanus Gyang and Rep Simon Mwadkwon assured the youth leadership of support, but cautioned against lawlessness.
Mr. Solomon was inaugurated along with over ten other new officials of BYM for a four-year tenure.