Cleric Cries To Buhari To End Killings In PlateauLatest News, News From The State Monday, August 31st, 2015
From Agabus Pwanagba, Jos – Following the lingering killings in some communities of Plateau State, the Anglican Bishop of Jos, Rev. Dr. Benjamin Kwashi, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently address the crisis bedeviling the North Central State.
Kwashi made the appeal while speaking during a peaceful protest by the Plateau citizens against the renewed massacre, to the State House of Assembly.
to register their displeasure over renew killings in the State.
While addressing the gathering, the Cleric revealed that the State was losing too many citizens to the endless deadly attacks.
“As a Pastor, I have conducted more burials occasion by attacks than weddings and naming ceremonies since 2001.
“It’s sad to note that most victims of the attacks are armless children, some infants, women and youths; the present administration must end the killings, attention should not be concentrated only at the North east alone, people are been kill here in Plateau, Benue Nasarawa and Kaduna states”, Pastor Kwashi lamented.
Our Correspondent gathered that four persons who were to join in the protest from Barkinladi area were killed early hours of Monday.
Responding, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Peter Azi, said the legislature was working towards curtailing incessant killings of residents of the State.
Azi condemned the killings and promised the House under his leadership would see to the end of the killings.
Earlier, Leader of the protesters, Dr. Daniel Meshak, observed with disappointment that most parts of the State were under siege, particularly in Barkin Ladi and Riyom LGAs.
He added that most of the affected communities have been deserted due to activities of attackers.
Meshak revealed that over 50,000 people were displaced from their homes, with many being killed, bemoaning “as we speak, four of our members on their way to join us in this peaceful protest today (Monday) were killed, we do not know who will be the next.”
He held it was no longer news that commuters along Barkin Ladi, Bokkos and Mangu LGAs route have been severally ambushed and killed through attacks.
Some of the inscriptions on the placards were “Plateau is under siege”, “Mr President, come to our rescue”, “Mahanga is no longer safe”, “Sambisa forest now exist in Jos” and “Stop the genocide on the Plateau.”
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