The Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI) yesterday expressed sadness and shock over the spate of killings in the country, especially the recently attacks in Barki-Ladi, Riyom and Jos South local government areas of Plateau State by suspected herdsmen.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the president, AANI, Khaleel Bolaji, stated that he was shocked and taken aback with disbelief over the recent reprehensible attacks leading to the deaths of many people in the state.
Bolaji called on the federal government and security operatives in the country to identify the perpetrators and if found, be brought to book to serve as deterrent to others.
“The killings are most unfortunate, barbaric, and a pitiable taste of the degradation of human life in the hands of notorious aggressors among us,” he said.
Bolaji called on the federal and state government to immediately redouble measures to curb reprisal attacks.
He said the organisation was worried that the attacks happened at a time security the operatives were doing their best to end chains of violence in the hands of disgruntled elements.
“These killing are unacceptable. We are shocked that such magnitude of attacks took place in Plateau after enjoying years of respite and peace from the acrimonious past.
“We strongly believe that with our nation recovering from the pangs of cruelty of Boko Haram, every patriotic Nigerian should embrace peace in a renewed effort to end incessant herders-farmers clashes and its attendant loss of lives and property, rather than escalate it.
“These needless losses have demeaned the essence of our humanity and rubbished our succor in the guaranty to life and property as enshrined in the constitution and that of rights to lawful movement in view of these callous, wicked and dastardly acts,” he said.
Condoling with governor Simon Lalung and the government and people of Plateau State, he prayed that God grants peace to the souls of the departed.
He urged Nigerians to embrace peace and seek legitimate measures to seek redress in any case of requiring such knowing very well that violence breeds nothing beneficial to them.
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