Against the backdrop of President Buhari’s visit to troubled Plateau State, still reeling from the trauma caused by the gruesome weekend massacre of over 200 persons by Fulani herdsmen, the President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki,Rep Bala Hassan, the All Progressives Congress, APC have sued for peace while the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has directed its offices nationwide to observe a 7-Day mourning and fly its flag at half mast.
Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said this, during a condolence visit to Plateau State, over this weekend’s killings. The Senate President, who was joined by the Senate Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah and Senator Ubali Shittu and had earlier in the day, met with President Muhammadu Buhari, alongside Speaker Yakubu Dogara, was received by the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, at the Plateau State Government House.
Saraki said:“Let me convey my deepest sympathy for the unfortunate and sad incident that occurred in Plateau State this weekend that claimed many innocent lives. This is not only a loss to Plateau State, but to the entire nation.
“Although the National Assembly is currently not in session, when we resume next week, this is one of the prime issues that will be up for discussion. However, we thought it necessary to come here personally to meet with the people of Plateau State to commiserate with the families — because words cannot really describe this kind of pain.
“Our prayer to Almighty God is to grant the affected families the fortitude to bear these losses. At this time as well, I also pray to God to give His Excellency, the Governor, the courage to be able to manage this challenge and bring solace to a lot of people,” Saraki said,
“We were late in coming here because both myself and the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives sought an appointment with Mr. President on the killings that occurred here — to see how we would come together to see what could be done to forestall and prevent future occurrences like this and provide relief and support for all those that have been affected. This is our paramount responsibility. Whatever that needs to be done, must be done,” he said.
The President of the Senate also called on the nation’s security agencies to ensure that those responsible for the killings are quickly apprehended to help bring an end to the killings in Plateau State.
“Therefore, yet again, we call on our security agents to ensure that they find the perpetrators that have done this and make them account for their detestable actions.
The Governor of the State, Simon Lalong, commended the President of the Senate and the Senate delegation saying: “As the leader of the North Central, we welcome you to our state. When this thing started, as the leader of our geopolitical region, you looked for me and you called me, despite your busy schedule to ask me “What can I do to help?”
“On behalf of the good people of Plateau State, I thank you and the Senate delegation for being here. This is because you are not only here represent
Former Deputy Speaker urges Security to step up efforts in controlling killings in Plateau
The former Deputy Speaker Plateau State House of Assembly and member Representing Jos North-North Constituency at the House of Representatives, Ibrahim Baba-Hassan has urged the security in Nigeria to step up their effort in bringing down the spate of killings and consolidate in building confidence in the state.
Speaking to Journalists at the NUJ,Plateau state council on Wednesday ,Baba-Hassan reiterated the need for the security to safeguard the lives and properties of citizens.
He condemned deadly attack on innocent citizens by unknown group were over 200 people lost their loved in Riyom ,Barkin Ladi and Jos South local government areas of the state .
Extending its condolence to the Plateau people, the APC condemned the killings as barbaric, bestial and cruel, and appealed to religious and community leaders to joined the government in restoring peace in the state.
It stated in a statement by Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, National Publicity Secretary, it said: “While we grieve over the dead and commiserate with families and friends who have lost loved ones, we appeal to religious and community leaders to demonstrate true leadership even in the face of this terrible challenge, by appealing to those affected not to take the laws into their hands and avoid utterances and actions that can provoke reprisal.
“We are confident that President Muhammadu Buhari’s prompt visit to Plateau State will help in providing some succour to the affected and reassurance to everyone of Mr. President’s commitments to tackling the security situation in the country.
“We also once again call on security agencies to spare no efforts in ensuring the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators and in stemming the occurrence of such violence in all parts of the country.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) declared a seven-day mourning for the victims of the gruesome killing.
The party said it has directed that its flags at all its offices and formation at all levels across the country be flown at half-mast during the period in honour of the victims.
National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement, said: “The PDP urges the people of Plateau state to exercise their rights as global citizens, work with other public-spirited Nigerians and groups and take President Muhammadu Buhari and his government to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague for acting helpless in the face of continuous mass killings in our country.
“The PDP firmly holds that the life of every Nigerian is sacred. All Nigerians must be protected whether they are Birom, Basange, Igbira, Tiv, Idoma, Hausa, Igbo, Fulani, Gbagyi, Yoruba or from any other tribe whatsoever.
“The fundamental duty of government all over the world is the protection of lives and Nigerians can no longer continue to fold their hands while compatriots are being daily hacked down by marauders.”