Presidency condemns killing of Ondo bound travellers in Plateau.
Written by crest887fm on August 15, 2021
The Presidency has condemned Saturday’s attack on travellers from a religious event in Bauchi, passing through Jos, the Plateau State Capital and regrets the reported deaths of at least twenty-two persons with several others injured in that ambush on their travelling party.
It is widely known that Plateau State has been one of the states affected by herder-farmer clashes, which have, in a significant way, been curtailed following the intense peace-building efforts of the administration of Governor Simon Lalong.
However, the Presidency made it clear, that the attack is not an agriculturalist-on-pastoralist confrontation but rather a direct, brazen and wickedly motivated attack on members of a community exercising their rights to travel freely and to follow their chosen faith.
According to the reports from the Aso Rock Villa, evidences of the preparedness of their attackers, makes it clear that it was a well-conceived and prearranged assault on a known target, location and religious persuasion of the travellers and not an opportunist ambush.
The Presidency also offered condolences to the families of the victims as they continued to liaise closely with local authorities including security operatives, the police, and governmental agencies.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media, Garba Shehu noted that that these kinds of attacks on the country’s citizens are unacceptable, heinous, and stand in complete contradiction to the teachings of the great religions of our nation.
The Presidency added that it stands steadfast with both Christians and Muslims at this time in condemnation of this latest attack and expects and insists that justice is swiftly but fairly delivered to the perpetrators.
As the facts of the sad incident continue to unfold, the Presidency commended the ongoing efforts by the Governors of Plateau, Bauchi, and Ondo; the Sultan of Sokoto His Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar III and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi as well as a number of notable Christian and Muslim leaders as they intensify efforts to calm down the situation.