- Two opposition parties, the ADP and the UPP, have spoken on the recent killings in Plateau state
- The two parties urged President Buhari to order arrest of the masterminds of the brutal killings
- They noted that if the government fails to respond appropriately, the nation may be driven into a situation where every citizen will fend security for themselves
The Action Democratic Party (ADP) and the United Peoples Party (UPP) on Tuesday, June 26, called on President Buhari to order the arrest of the masterminds of the recent brutal killings in Plateau state and as well bring them to justice.
The Nation reports that the ADP and UPP made this known in statements signed by the national chairmen of the two parties, Yabagi Sani and Chief Chekwas Okorie respectively.
They noted that the failure of the president to order the immediate arrest of those responsible will make him to lose face and perceived to have compromised.
Sani explained that the current perception held by the people is that the government of President Buhari is shielding killer herdsmen and this must be proved otherwise.
He said: “If the government fails to respond appropriately on this Jos killing, the nation may be driven into a situation where every citizen will fend security for themselves and this could spell doom.”
Sani admonished all Nigerians to condemn the act as barbaric and genocidal doing everything possible to help this government that appears clueless and helpless. "At ADP we commiserate with the People of Jos and admonish the government of Plateau state to be proactive with security in the state and not play politics with the lives of the people," he added.
On his part, Chief Okorie said: “We are saddened beyond description by the recent massive destruction of lives and property of the people of Plateau state by bands of Fulani insurgents in a well-coordinated mayhem.
“This is one attack too many. This particular attack has attained the proportion of killing which has put Nigeria on the world map for reasons we should all be ashamed of.
“We fervently urge president Muhammadu Buhari to pay urgent attention to the security architecture of Nigeria.
“We urge the Nigeria Police Force, especially the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to deploy the same technology that he has used to crack recent armed robbery and kidnapping criminal activities where the perpetrators escaped and within a short time most of them were rounded up with the use of modern technology of which the general public has applauded the police.
“We believe that these terrorists communicate among themselves and with their sponsors within and outside Nigeria.
“It is therefore unacceptable that the Nigeria Police Force that has been equipped with modern technology has not been able to make any significant breakthrough or made arrest of these blood hounds who have made life so short and brutish in many parts of Nigeria.
“If no urgent steps are taken to check the activities of the insurgents, the political campaigns leading to the much expected 2019 general elections may be seriously jeopardized as no meaningful campaign can take place in volatile and dangerous environment, including the fact that very low and poor voter turnout will be expected in the areas that are unsafe.
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“Such eventuality will not only constitute a major setback to the consolidation and growth of our democratic process, it will also be a major minus to the improved number of registered voters so far recorded by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who are looking forward to participating in the 2019 general elections in an unfettered and safe environment."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria 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.
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