- Nigerian students have condemned the latest attack in Plateau by suspected herdsmen
- They condoled with the government, affected families and people of Plateau state
- The students also appealed to the federal government to urgently address the issue of killings in the country
The National Association of Nigerian Students on Tuesday, June 26, condemned the latest attack in Plateau by suspected herdsmen which left more 80 people dead.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that three council areas in the Plateau were attacked leaving scores killed, several others injured and property and homes razed by the attackers last Sunday.
In a statement issued in Enugu, the association condoled with the affected families, government and people of Plateau and urged the federal government to urgently address the issue of killings in the country.
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The national public relations officer of the association, Bestman Okereafor, made the condemnation in a statement in Enugu.
“With great sadness, the leadership of NANS joins the world and fellow Nigerians in condemning the gruesome murder in some states of the federation, especially the most recent killings in Plateau by suspected herdsmen," Okereafor said.
He, however, noted with concern that such killing had continued in spite of its repeated appeals to the problem.
“NANS is appealing to Mr President to stand by his promise of protecting Human Rights and fighting human rights abuses, ” the NANS spokesman said.
According to him, NANS is not unaware of President Muhammadu Buhari’s claim that desperate politicians are responsible for the killings.
The association, therefore, called on politicians to shun politics of bloodshed, adding that ‘’we remain one big and happy family in Nigeria.’’
NAIJ.com previously reported that Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) gave reasons why herdsmen attacked mourners in Plateau state, killing over 120 people and causing serious injuries to hundreds others.
The chairman, north central zone of the organisation, Danladi Ciroma, who condemned the attacks, however, claimed the people were killed in retaliation to the killings of about 300 cows belonging to the herdsmen, The Nation reports.
He said: “These attacks are retaliatory. As much as I don’t support the killing of human being, the truth must be told that those who carried out the attacks must be on revenge mission."
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