Yemi Adedeji, Abuja
The ActionAid Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to promptly find a lasting and realistic solution that will promote peaceful coexistence and greater productivity in the country.
Ene Obi, Country Director of Action Aid Nigeria made the call in a statement issued in Abuja by its Communications Coordinator, Nihinlola Ayanda, where she said that the tragic incident escalated because of the failure of the state to pro-actively take steps to confront the evident causes of the conflict, thus endangering lives and properties.
According to her, “We are concerned that if this continues, civilians, especially young people might wield arms and put the nation in a total state of insecurity. As an organisation driven by the core value of justice and equity, we believe that all citizens have inalienable rights to co‐exist peacefully as they engage in economic activities without hindrance.”
Ene noted that the prompt visit by the Presidency and the sack of the erstwhile Plateau State Police was commendable, adding that previous alarming attacks such as this have been reportedly carried out in the night but this was different, saying killing in broad day light is more worrisome.
“We demand that justice be served to bring killers to book no matter which side of the divide they belong as this will serve as deterrent and remind all parties that there is no reward for criminality; injustice breeds discontent and fuels further attacks. While we acknowledge the efforts of the security forces, who appear to be overwhelmed by the security crises in the country, we will like to remind government to uphold its key constitutional responsibility of protecting the lives and properties of the citizenry.”