President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the military and police to end the killings going on in Plateau State, North Central Nigeria.Buhari, according to one of his spokesmen described the violence as madness that has gone too far.
The president said he received with deep sadness and regret, news of the recent killings of at least 20 people in Plateau State, during what has been described as a reprisal attack by some herdsmen.
A statement by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president(media and publicity) “President Buhari believes that this madness has gone too far. He has instructed the military and the police to not only bring the violence to an instant end, but to draw up a plan to ensure that there are no further attacks and reprisal attacks by one group against the other.”
According to Shehu, “President Buhari is devoted to the sanctity of Nigeria’s unity, and he encourages Nigerians of all groups to learn to live together in peace and harmony..
The president commiserated with the governor and people of Plateau State, and with those who lost their loved ones, friends and family.He prayed: “May God comfort them as only He can.”
Earlier, reports said 20 people were killed in Miango community in Bassa Local Government of the state.
The victims were said to be people who had been displaced by an earlier killing and were taking refuge in a local school premises.