The United States Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires and deputy Chief of Mission in Nigeria, Mr. David Young has condoled the Plateau state government and the good people of the state over the violence that erupted in some parts of the state which led to the killing of over 100 people, saying it is a great tragedy when Christians or Muslims lose lives.
The Envoy stated this while addressing newsmen in Jos,the Plateau state capital after visiting Barkin Ladi LGC and meeting with government officials, religious leaders, peace building agencies and human rights organisations at the end of his two – day visit to the state .
He expressed United State’s deep condolences to the people of the state while condemning the violence and urged security operatives to try as much as possible to avert this magnitude of violence from reoccurring in future. Mr. Young also commended the couregeous Hausa Fulani Imam whom was said to have shielded people in a mosque preventing them from being killed.
According to him, every life is sacrosanct irrespective of tribal, religious and political differences, urging security operatives to do more to prevent violence from escalating to reprisal attacks.
He pointed out that he had met with over 800 internally displaced persons, IDPs in churches and outside the church,emphasising the need to provide support victims of violence to alleviate their suffering while staying outside the comfort of their homes .
The envoy also lamented the living in separate places by Christians and Muslims faithful,adding that this will create suspicions, stressing continuous dialogue by religious and political leaders at all levels to build bridges of peace and confident among the people.
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