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Sunday Agang's earlier article on the election-related violence in Jos, Nigeria

Heaven is no respecter of persons. The apostle John tells us that he "saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne … . The dead were judged according to what they had done … " (Rev. 20:12).

I am comforted knowing that there will finally be justice. But we who are alive know we will not see justice yet. How can there be peace in Nigeria, when we are led by those who have succumbed to the twin evils of negligence and corruption?

Families continue to search for their loved ones — many of our promising young men and women—whose whereabouts are not yet known. So far, the officially reported number of those who lost their lives in the Jos mayhem has reached 500, but that figure is still being debated. The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Plateau State chapter reported that over 40 places of Christian worship were burned down.

The federal government has been pressured to handle the matter with all the seriousness it deserves. The senate decided to put together a committee to investigate.

President Musa Yar'adua is being bombarded with suggestions on how to handle the situation. Nigerian dailies and websites are saturated with a catalog of what people are suggesting to be the causes and solutions to present and future crises.

There are those who are calling on Yar'adua's administration to arrest the governor for failure to protect the lives and properties of innocent citizens. Some urge that he be prosecuted for crimes against humanity if he does not resign. Some, like the secretary of the Northern Christian Association of Nigeria are "sick and tired of these crises that keep happening in Jos . . . and a host of ...

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