President Muhammadu Buhari said that he was elected to protect lives
and properties that he must do.
The President said this on Tuesday in Jos at a meeting with
stakeholders on the current security situation in Plateau.
It would be recalled that scores of the people were killed in several
communities across four local government areas of the state.
Vice President Yemi Osibanjo was in the state on Monday where he
assessed the situation and also interacted with stakeholders.
Less than 24 hours, the President came himself to console the people
and interact with them.
“I have contested elected elections to protect lives and properties
and that I will do.
“As Commander-in-Chief, I will continue to put pressure on the
security chiefs to do what is needed of them,” he assured.
The President appealed to the people of to bury their differences and
work together for the peace of the state.
He urged the residents to learn to live in peace with one another.
Buhari condemned the killings and charged the leadership at every
level to be awake to their responsibility of driving the peace
He commiserated with the bereaved urging the leaders to pass his
message of condolence to those who lost their loved ones
Governor Simon Lalong thanked the President for coming personally after the
visit of the Vice President where far reaching decisions were reached
after exhaustive discussions, attended by key stakeholders.
Lalong outlined steps taken by the government not to escalate the crisis
with support from the federal government.
He also thanked the President for considering appeals for the
establishment of Police Mobile Unit at Gashish, a flash point, and for
the plans to compensate victims of the crises.
He, however, appealed to him to ensure those found to be behind the
crises face the full wrath of the law.
“Mr President those who have been arrested and found guilty should be punished.”
Lalong said that all the parties involved in the killings were guilty
as there was no justification for their actions.
The Governor condemned acts of annexation of ancestral lands saying
that his administration would not allow anybody to take another
He also condemned cattle rustling and other vices that negate peace building.
The President was accompanied on the visit by the governors of Kebbi
State, Atiku Bagudu, and Niger, Sani Bello.
Others, were the ministers of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, Interior,
Abdulrahman Danbazzau and Information and Culture, Lai Muhammed.
Also with President was the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq
Abubakar and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.