Dogara, Makarfi Condemn Plateau Killings, Death Toll Rises to 200
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, have condemned the killing of about 200 people in the Church of Christ In Nations (COCIN) Regional Church Council (RCC) Rop in Barikin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State reportedly by suspected armed herdsmen.
Hon Dogara in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media, Turaki Hassan, said it was reprehensible that people who gathered to bury their dead would be gruesomely murdered in that manner.
“Our security agencies must rise up to the task of securing the lives of citizens of this country. The attack reportedly lasted from 1:00 p.m. noon of Friday, and lasted till about 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. Where was the Police and other security agencies that they failed to respond to stop the killings?” he queried.
“This further strengthens my constant call for an overhaul of the entire security apparatus of this country. It just isn’t working,” he stated.
He said that rising level of violence and gruesome killings of innocent and hapless citizens poses serious threat to Nigeria’s democracy and must be stopped.
in his reaction to the dastardly attacks, Senator Makarfi in a statement said he was pained by the news of breakout of violence and resultant loss of lives and properties in Plateau State. The Senator considers this calamity as unfortunate, unnecessary and condemnable.
In a statement by his media aide, Senator Makarfi said he believes that even though disagreements are normal in any human setting, the civilised way of resolving such disagreements is by communicating with one another through constant and continuous constructive engagement. The resort to violence has never been known to have led to the resolution of any dispute.
“It is Senator Makarfi’s belief and conviction that since even after real war situations, peace and reconciliation terms are eventually discussed and agreed on a round table, violence shouldn’t be an option in the first place.
“The Senator hereby appeals to all Nigerians to eschew violence, retrace their steps and return to the good old days when we all related with one another as the brothers and sisters that we have always been. The artificial divisions that are threatening our fabric are alien to us as a people and it is in our enlightened collective interest to throw away the yolk, embrace one another and deploy that diversity with which God has endowed us for the overall development of all of us, so that we bequeath a legacy of unity in diversity for this and upcoming generatios.
“Senator Makarfi conveys his most heartfelt condolences to all bereaved families, government and good people of Plateau State, prays for the repose of the dead and speedy recovery for the injured.
Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi is had earlier said he was distraught at the news of the twin tragedies that struck Bauchi State earlier in the week.
The fire outbreak that occurred in Aware and the rainstorm that wreaked havoc on the state capital, Bauchi were quite heartrending and the Senator’s heart goes out to bereaved families as well as those injured and those who lost properties and other valuables to the calamities.
Senator condoles with the with the government and people of Bauchi State, particularly the Governor, Barrister Mohammed Abubakar, as well as Emirs of Bauchi and Katagum, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adams and Alhaji Umar Faruk Kabir respectively, for the losses, both human and material, even as he prays to Allah for the repose of the dead and a speedy recovery to those injured.