President Buhari has issued a condemnation of the attack on travellers from a religious event in Bauchi, who passed through Jos, the capital of the Plateau State.
Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesman, said in a statement Saturday night that the Presidency regretted the deaths of at least 21 persons and the injuries of a number of others in the ambush. READ MORE
In compliance with his commitment to protect Nigerians, he said President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered security agencies to hunt down the perpetrators of the “gruesome massacre of innocent travellers” and bring them to justice.
Various Christian and Muslim leaders have intensified efforts to calm down the situation including the Governors of Plateau, Bauchi, and Ondo; the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar III, and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi.
While expressing condolences to the families of the victims, the Presidency continued to coordinate with local authorities, including security, the police, and governmental agencies.
It is widely known that Plateau State has been 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.
“To be clear, this is not an agriculturalist vs. pastoralist confrontation – but rather a direct, brazen, and wickedly motivated attack on members of a community exercising their freedom to travel freely and to follow the faith of their choice.
“With the apparent preparedness of their attackers, it is clear this was a well-planned and prearranged attack on a known target, location and religious persuasion of the travellers, and not an opportunistic ambush.”.
This kind of attack on our citizens is both unacceptable, and heinous. These attacks are in direct conflict with our nation’s great religions.
As a result of this latest attack, the Presidency stands firm with both Christians and Muslims in condemnation and hopes and insists that justice will be swiftly – but fairly – delivered to the perpetrators.