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Plateau violence: Buhari harkens to NUJ cries

*Order Police, Army to stop further killings

As if harkening to deep guttural cries of the Nigeria Union of Journalists who demanded for an effective stoppage of the carnage in the Plateau, President Muhammadu Buhari said he has received with deep sadness and regret, news of the recent killings of at least 20 people in Plateau State, during what has been described as a reprisal attack by some herdsmen.

President Buhari believes that this madness has gone too far. He has instructed the military and the police to not only bring the violence to an instant end, but to draw up a plan to ensure that there are no further attacks and reprisal attacks by one group against the other.

President Buhari is devoted to the sanctity of Nigeria’s unity, and he encourages Nigerians of all groups to learn to live together in peace and harmony.

He commiserates with the governor and people of Plateau State, and with those who lost their loved ones, friends and family: May God comfort them as only He can.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Journalists had protested the inability of government to curtail the continuous wanton spilling of blood on the Plateau. For more than a decade now, Plateau state has remained the killing fields of central Nigeria with thousands of lives and property lost to one form of violence or the other, the Union observed.

The umbrella body of the nation’s media practitioners in a statement signed by Shuaibu Usman Leman the National Secretary added that, “this ugly development remains alarming as the security intervention on the Plateau appears incapable of delivering the much-anticipated respite. And for how long will these repeated blood lettings continue?

Leman added, “we are concerned with the recent night attack by suspected herdsmen on Sunday, 15th October, 2017 in Taagbe Village in Bassa Local Government of the State in which the Police confirmed the killing of six people and several others injured. This was in spite of a curfew imposed on the Local Government by the State Government as part of measures to curtail such attacks on villagers.

We are afraid that the Federal Government appears either unwilling or incapable of protecting its citizens. It is therefore important for the Federal Government to quickly reappraise the security situation on the Plateau with a view to coming out with more pragmatic measures to check these incessant killings and restore lasting peace before the situation spirals out of control.

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