The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has condemned the killing of 23 travellers around Gada Biyu in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The Forum made this known in a statement by its Head, Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo.
The NGF described the incident as barbaric and maintained that no human life deserves to be wasted on any ground be it religious or ethnic, or even on the frivolous altar of mistaken identity.
It urged security agencies to fish out the perpetrators and cautioned Nigerians against taking the law into their hands so that the country can once again become a safe place for all.
“The killing has all the colourations of several others like it where locals in particular parts of the country have become inhospitable and unwelcoming to other Nigerians living in or passing through their domains.
“These dastardly actions of Nigeria’s once peaceful locals which have resulted in unwarranted and needless deaths diminish us all as a people and pulls our country down to the deepest recesses of the absence of civilization.
“They also cause all kinds of reprisal killings and injurious interactions that does nobody any good.
“The forum views with extreme disgust the horrible and thoughtless loss of precious lives and declare unequivocally that it must stop forthwith.
“Members of the forum also call on the country’s security organisations to fish out all those involved and bring them forward to face the full wrath of the law to serve as a deterrent to those who are contemplating similar action,” the forum said.
The NGF called on all aggrieved ethnic nationalities and their militia to avoid such needless killings by always seeking law enforcement assistance and legal redress..
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