According to Fulani leaders, the Plateau people have been forgiven for their killing of dozens of their members in the attack on Saturday in Plateau State.
As reported by Shauntv, 27 travellers were killed in Jos, the capital of the Plateau State, when they were attacked while travelling along Gada-biyu-Rukuba.
During a condolence visit to the Ondo government and the handing over of the 36 survivors by the Plateau State government, Alhaji Kabiru Muhammed, the leader of the Fulani in the region, announced the pardon.
Muhammad said, “The Plateau State Government has asked forgiveness, and we have forgiven them.”. Whoever forgives Allah is forgiven by Allah. They have forgiven all in the interests of Nigeria’s peace and stability. We assure you that there won’t be any reprisals, as they were glad to see some of their brothers back among them. Nigeria is greater than anyone or their interests.”
The deputy governor of Plateau State, Prof Sonny G. Tyoden, who led the delegation of the state during the handover of the survivors, earlier asked the people of Ondo to forgive Plateau people for their actions.
“Arrests have been made, and the law will take its course,” Tyoden assured them. “Plateau remains a home for all, and the government will not relent in protecting the lives of the residents and will not spare criminals who wish to disturb the peace.”
According to Dr Muhammad Sambo Haruna, the Emir of Wase who was among the delegation, the whole event could only be viewed as a manifestation of Allah’s will, as no other such thing could have happened in the first place. In his prayer, he prayed that Allah accept the shahada of those who lost their lives.
Deputy Governor Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State said upon hearing reports of the incident on the day of the incident, Governor Akeredolu called Gov Lalong to inquire about the fate of their citizens and went the cattle market to express his sympathy.