In response to the alarming resurgence of violent attacks and killings in parts of Plateau State, two entertainers took to the streets in a lone protest. The recent outbreak of violence in Mangu Local Government Area resulted in the tragic death of over 30 individuals, accompanied by the destruction of homes and places of worship, despite the 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government.
This incident occurred just one month after a horrifying massacre claimed the lives of over 150 people in Bokkos and Barkin Ladi. Comedians Julius Awa and Peter Asmour Arin decided to make a poignant statement, protesting at major roundabouts in Jos, including Hillstation Junction, Old Airport, PRTV Roundabout, and Angle D Junction. Their objective was to draw attention to the ongoing violence and urge the government and security agencies to intervene and put an end to the senseless killings.
Julius Awa, one of the comedians, expressed his concerns about the continuous bloodshed, particularly highlighting recent reports of an entire family being burnt in their house. He stated, “It is our own little way of solidarity with the people of Mangu, and because what is happening calls for concern from all.”
Peter Asmour emphasized the far-reaching impact of the conflict, affecting all aspects of life and causing endless pain for families who have lost loved ones or properties. He acknowledged existing efforts but pointed out that the problem persists. According to him, “It’s a wakeup call for all private individuals to do their part.”
This 2-man protest by popular Jos Entertainers reflects the shared grief and frustration felt by the community in the face of escalating violence, urging collective action to bring about positive change and lasting peace.