Among the myriad of problems Nigeria’s North-Central Plateau State has grappled with for close to two decades, security of lives and property appears to be the most pressing of such problems since the outbreak of hostilities on 7th of September, 2001, in the Plateau capital city of Jos and other communities in the State.
After series of Commander, piloting the Special Military Task Force code named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), saddled with the responsibility of restoring normalcy in the State, came a Commander who also doubles as the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3rd Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Ali.
Gen. Ali’s emergence was surrounded with criticism by Plateau predominantly Christian communities owing to the fact that he is a Muslim from the Fulani extraction who will take sides the hitherto crisis between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers who are mostly Plateau natives.
Proving his critics wrong, the Army boss, held several stakeholders meetings, stressing his neutrality and demonstrating his commitment to ensuring that the long farmer/herder feud will be put to an end.
Today, Plateau residents have showered encomium on the once criticised Army General for his strives in ensuring the relative peace currently being enjoyed in State.
Ali’s efforts has been picturised by this medium for emphasis given the disbelief of his commitment as a Nigerian Soldier in ending the long civil feud in the State.