September 20, 2021

Plateau Assembly Describes President Buhari’s Action Towards Jos Killings As ‘Dangerous Silence’

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-Simon Bako Lalong, Plateau State Governor

-Simon Bako Lalong, Plateau State Governor

The recent attack on Christian community of Yelwa Zangam where over 35 persons were massacred in their homes has called for the Plateau State House of Assembly to express worry over President Muhammadu Buhari’s continued silence over the recent killings in the state.

They said the same Presidency that spoke same day Muslim commuters were recently attacked in Jos, had now lost its voice.

The Assembly said it had expected the President Buhari to condemn the recent killings with the same urgency and zeal it did when the Muslim travellers were attacked.

It also gave Governor Simon Lalong two weeks to take decisive action on the incessant attacks and killings in communities in the state.

Addressing a world press conference in Jos, the Assembly also called on the people of Plateau to rise up and defend themselves and their communities, as the conventional security design seemed to have shown ineptitude to do so, and can no longer guarantee the safety of the people.

Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon. Peter Dasun, who spoke on behalf of the House said the killings were unacceptable.

He commended the youths for publicly displaying the corpses of the victims at the state House of Assembly in order to send a strong message to the government that it was not doing enough to protect the citizens.

“We commend the youths on the Plateau for sustained coordinated and organised campaigns against the killings and as well the courage to make it go viral by sending strong messages to the world using the dead bodies of the mayhem on the social media and the streets of Jos. The display of the corpses in the House of Assembly is a sign that they recognised the authority of the House as an institution that can speak for the people. We greatly appreciate that action.

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“As an Assembly with the people at heart, we call on Plateau State citizens to have confidence in us with renewed commitment as we have given two weeks to the governor to take action on the resolutions the House has forwarded on security matters and how to restore peace.

“We strongly call on Plateau people to practically stand up and defend themselves and their communities, as the conventional security design is no longer guaranteeing our safety as a people.

“We call on the executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, to come up with a statement defending us as a people and to bring back renewed commitment to the cause of Plateau.

“We are still expecting with high hopes, the President to also come up with a statement about the killings in Yelwa Zangam just as he did in the killings of travelers along Rukuba Road and to also indicate a sign of justice, or we will see him as being reflexive about the conflict in Plateau.”

The state lawmakers said they were committed to the yearnings and aspirations of Plateau people. “We deeply appreciate the calls made by Plateau people, both at home and in the diaspora, for encouragement, and asking us to do the needful in order to save Plateau and its heritage.

“We also wish to put on record that we stand with Plateau people in this trying moment and assure them of our genuine commitment to the course of Plateau State.”

“Security operatives are called upon to fish out the perpetrators of the mayhem and be punished according to the law.”

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