Northern Governors Forum condemn killings in Plateau




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By Martha Agas


Jos – The Governor’s forum have condemned the series of attacks leading destruction of lives and properties in Plateau.

The condemned the act during their condolence visit Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau on Saturday in Jos.

The delegation, led by Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of , said the killings were detrimental the progress of the and the region.

Bagudu said that the forum was in support of all measures by Lalong to restore and maintain peace in the .

“We condemn all acts of violence in Plateau and else where,” he said.

He urged of the to support Lalong in his efforts to bring development to the while condoling with the families of those who lost their lives.

“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 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 Buhari to release for the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons to their ancestral homes.

Lalong thanked the 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 of duties.

He added that Plateau was a miniature Nigeria with 53 ethnic groups so its peace needed to be well guarded.

He said the state had ensured that all measures were put in place to forestall attacks including the establishment of the Peace Building Agency.

“The purpose of the early warning signal is for communities to tell us if there be likely crisis. If communities are sincere, if somebody wants to do anything, they tell us and we send security to go there.

“We have had several meetings with the Ardos and told them if the criminals waylay them, they don’t need to come openly but write to me, we know what to do, otherwise when it happens, everybody be involved,” he said.

Lalong said that the relative peace enjoyed in the state for five years, prompted the for the celebration of the forgiveness and reconcilation day on Feb. 7, 2019.

He said that the day was for to forgive pending grudges for the restoration and sustenance of peace in the state.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 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 in Mangu and 15 in Bokkos Local Government.

(NAN)