President Muhammadu Buhari has said the Federal Government remains concerned about the attacks in Plateau and has continued to support security agencies and the State Government in putting an end to the situation.
President Buhari made the disclosure when the team of Inter- religious council stormed Jos, the Plateau State capital on Monday to commiserate with the people and Government of the State over the recent attacks.
Buhari who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha said though the Government will not tolerate criminality and the destruction of lives and properties under any guise, it is incumbent on citizens to cultivate tolerance and love for one another, as well as fish out criminals by reporting them to security agencies.
He expressed optimism that the efforts of the Federal and State Governments will yield positive results with the support of the citizens. He also assured that the Federal Government will do its best to support the State to respond to humanitarian needs of the internally displaced persons.
In a remark, Co-Chairman of NIREC Reverend Doctor Samson Oyakunle said they were in Plateau State in response to the recent attacks that claimed lives and properties which ruptured the peace of the State that has substantially grown over the last six years.
He said NIREC has followed with regret, the toxic narratives emanating from some religious and political leaders who instead of calming down tensions, have resorted to heightening the tension. He said NIREC has resolved to hand over such persons to security agencies for prosecution.
Sultan of Sokoto also described the visit as part of their engagement towards promoting peace in Nigeria in fulfilment of their mandate and resolutions at the last quarterly meeting which was held in Abuja.
He said the meeting initially billed for Jos was shifted to Abuja following the recent unfortunate incidents. However, he said Plateau State still remains a home of peace with attraction to people of diverse backgrounds who generally want to live together. The problem he said was the inability to halt impunity and punish criminals who use religion, ethnicity and politics to cause havoc.
Chairman, Nigerian Governors Forum Dr. Kayode Fayemi said the Governors of the 36 States are in solidarity with their colleague, Governor Simon Bako Lalong who has put in a lot of efforts and resources to build structures for peaceful coexistence in the State as well as supported peace and reconciliation in various parts of the country.
He said they will do everything possible to support him in ensuring that peace is sustained on the Plateau which is reputed for its hospitality and attraction to people from all backgrounds.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State also expressed sadness over the recent attacks in Plateau State, urging all stakeholders to come together and address the situation and bring back the glorious days of the State. They recalled with fond memories their experiences in Jos many years ago which they hoped the current generation will also experience.
Governor Lalong while thanking NIREC and the Governors for the visit said the concern expressed and words of admonition shows that there is determination to ensure that Plateau regains it enviable place as the Home of Peace and Tourism.
Lalong challenged the people of Plateau State to rise together and unite against those who want to cause divisions and hatred using all avenues including politics.
Our Correspondent reports that during the visit, the group engaged various stakeholders including religious, political and community leaders on how to find lasting solutions to the security challenges of the state.