By Martha Agas
“We condemn all acts of violence in Plateau and else where,” he said.
“If there is anything we can do individually or collectively to support maintenance of peace, please be assured that we are available to it.
“We commend all security agencies for the continuous support in restoration of peace in Plateau and elsewhere,” he said.
Bagudu said the commitment of Lalong towards ensuring peace in the state prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to release funds for the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons to their ancestral homes.
Lalong thanked the governors of their support, saying the state have been enjoying relative peace until the recent attacks.
He said for peace to be sustained in the state, deliberate efforts must be made by leaders of communities in their discharge of duties.
He added that Plateau was a miniature Nigeria with 53 ethnic groups so its peace needed to be well guarded.
“The purpose of the early warning signal is for communities to tell us if there will be likely crisis. If communities are sincere, if somebody wants to do anything, they will tell us and we will send security to go there.
“We have had several meetings with the Ardos and told them if the criminals will waylay them, they don’t need to come openly but write to me, we will know what to do, otherwise when it happens, everybody will be involved,” he said.
Lalong said that the relative peace enjoyed in the state for five years, prompted the launch for the celebration of the forgiveness and reconcilation day on Feb. 7, 2019.
He said that the day was for people to forgive pending grudges for the restoration and sustenance of peace in the state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governors of Jigawa Mohammed Abubakar and Bauchi, Bala Mohammed were part of the delagation to the state.
NAN reports that communities in Bokkos and Mangu were attacked over the weeks where 12 were killed in Mangu and 15 in Bokkos Local Government.