Influential politician and elder statesman, Chief
Olusegun Obasanjo, has finally broken his silence
and spoke on the massacre of Nigerians by
suspected herdsmen in Plateau state.
As high profile Nigerians continue to pour into Jos over massive
killings in Plateau communities, former President Olusegun
Obasanjo has said that the right machinery should be put in place
According to the former president, human problems need human
solutions and Nigeria must find solution to massive killings across
Mr Obasanjo spoke on Wednesday when he paid a condolence
visit to Gov. Simon Lalong in Jos.
Mr Obasanjo who conveyed the condolences of his family and his
delegation charged government at all levels to look for the causes
of the killings.
“It is saddening in this day and age that this kind of barbaric thing
is happening in our own country.
“I have suggested and I will still say it again that we need to find
out the cause of these mindless killings even among age old
“There must be a cause or causes, remote and immediate and we
must deal with it.
“And if we must continue to multiply condolences upon
condolences, we must look for the remote causes and deal with it.
“I believe this is a human problem and problems have human
solutions, this is a human problem.
“I hope and plead that government at the federal level must
collaborate with states, local governments and communities to find
what are the causes so that we can deal with it,” he said.
He prayed for a cohesive society where everybody would be his
Mr Lalong appreciated Mr Obasanjo for making out time to come
personally to console the people.
He said that he was particularly sad with the development
because when he came on board, the Berom and Fulani signed a
pact and made some recommendations on how to stay and live
together in peace.
According to him, some of the recommendations are being worked
on to be passed into law.
The Plateau Government had placed a 6p.m. to 6a.m. curfew on
three communities of Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Jos South local
government areas after massive killings in the past three days.
The police confirmed that 86 persons died in attacks which
occurred on Sunday.
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