By Monsurah Olatunji
Nigeria captain, Ahmed Musa has called on the government to intervene in the incessant killings of the inhabitants of Plateau State in Northern Nigeria.
The 32-year-old was born in the capital of Plateau State, Jos, where he began his football career before joining Kano Pillars on loan in the 2009/10 season.
However, in the last few months, there has been bloody unrest in the state as armed men have been terrorizing and destroying lives and properties, especially in the Mangu Local Government Area.
Several villages have been burnt and wiped out in what looks to be a battle of one religious extreme against another, and nothing has been done so far.
The former Leicester City forward, who made his Nigeria debut in 2010 at the age of 17 against Madagascar has now called for peace, calling on the government to step up their efforts to secure people’s lives and properties.
Currently on international duty with the national team for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast, the practicing Muslim has believers of both religions to come together and celebrate their differences, rather than allow them to cause a rift between both parties.
“A Heartfelt Plea for Peace in Plateau ,” he posted on his official X.
“Dear Plateau Family and Nigerians as a whole,
Our state is hurting, and we need to come together. The fights, the killings– it’s too much. We are all one big family, no matter our religion. Most families in Plateau have both Christians and Muslims. We should be celebrating our differences, not fighting because of them.
Let’s ask our leaders to focus on what really matters: keeping us safe and bringing back the peace we once had. Plateau used to be known as the Home of Peace and Tourism. We want that back.
So, let’s stand side by side, no matter our religion. Hold hands, pray, and ask for peace. We can do this if we all work together.
#PeaceForPlateau #EndTheFights #OnePlateauFamily #HomeOfPeace #LeadersListen #PrayForPlateau #TogetherForPeace “