President Buhari condemns in strong terms the killings of 25 Travellers In Plateau

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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has strongly denounced the attack on Saturday on passengers travelling through Jos, the Plateau State capital, on their way to a religious gathering in Bauchi.

He also expressed sadness for the deaths of at least 25 people and the injuries sustained by numerous more in the attack on their travelling party.

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President Buhari has directed security agencies to find and prosecute the culprits of what he called “this gruesome massacre of innocent travellers,” according to a statement from Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu.

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He pointed out that the attack isn’t an agriculturalist-versus-pastoralist clash, but rather a direct, blatant, and cruelly motivated assault on members of a community exercising their freedom to move freely and pursue their own beliefs.

President Buhari went on to say that, given their assailants’ apparent readiness, it was clear that this was a well-planned and pre-planned attack on a known target, location, and religious persuasion of the travellers, rather than an opportunist ambush.

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He emphasised that Plateau State is well-known for being one of the states afflicted by herder-farmer disputes, which have been significantly reduced as a result of Governor Simon Lalong’s intensive peace-building efforts.

President Buhari expressed his condolences to the victims’ families and stated that he will continue to work closely with local authorities, including security, police, and government agencies.

‘These types of attacks on our country’s inhabitants are intolerable, terrible, and completely violate the principles of our nation’s major religions,’ he added.

The president stated that his government stands firm with both Christians and Muslims in condemning this horrific assault and that he expects and demands that the culprits be brought to justice quickly and equitably.

‘Make no mistake about it: in keeping with my commitment to safeguarding all Nigerians, I have directed our security forces to apprehend and prosecute the culprits of this heinous slaughter of innocent travellers,’ the president stated.

As the details of the tragic tragedy emerge, he praised the governors of Plateau, Bauchi, and Ondo, as well as the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar III and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, and several important Christian and Muslim leaders, for their continued efforts to calm the situation.

Read the Presidency’s statement below:

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,” the Presidency statement said.

However, to be clear, this 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 the faith of their choosing.

With the evident preparedness of their attackers, it is clear this was a well-conceived and prearranged assault on a known target, location and religious persuasion of the travellers, not an opportunist ambush.

The Presidency offers condolences to the families of the victims and continues to liaise closely with the local authorities – including security, the police, and governmental agencies.

These kinds of attacks on our country’s citizens are unacceptable, heinous, and stand in complete contradiction to the teachings of the great religions of our nation.

The Presidency stands steadfast with both Christians and Muslims at this time in condemnation of this latest attack and expects and insists that justice is swift – but fairly – delivered to the perpetrators.

As the facts of the sad incident continue to unfold, the Presidency commends 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 several notable Christian and Muslim leaders as they intensify efforts to calm down the situation.

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