In a show of solidarity, Vice President Kashim Shettima and Plateau State Governor Barr. Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang visited Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by recent attacks in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas of Plateau State.
Accompanied by National Security Adviser (NSA) Mallam Nuhu Ribadu and other government officials, the leaders addressed the IDPs at Bokkos Mini Stadium, expressing heartfelt sympathy for the people and the government of Plateau State. They assured the affected communities that the Federal Government is taking steps to ensure the perpetrators face justice.
The Vice President stressed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration’s unwavering commitment to delivering justice and conveyed the President’s deep sympathy to the affected families. He expressed regret over the unfortunate incident that overshadowed the Christmas celebration in Plateau and other parts of the nation, affirming that the government will relentlessly pursue justice until the perpetrators are held accountable.
“My dear people of Bokkos, we are here to sympathize with you over the recent killings. You are not alone; this government, particularly the President, stands with you. We are here to deliver justice, the path to our collective unity and peace. We will not rest until you all access justice and end the security challenges confronting this state,” the Vice President stated.
He described the killings as mindless, unfortunate and barbaric and renewed his appeal to the people of Plateau State to remain resilient, trusting on God to overcome the current challenges.
Governor Mutfwang, thanked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for delegating the Vice President, the National Security Adviser and all security Chiefs to come and evaluate all the contending issues afresh, to facilitate continued dialogue and harmonization of ideas in the collective interest of the people of Plateau State.
He said the visit of the Vice President was a demonstration of a strong political will towards ending all forms of insecurity confronting the state.
”We are here to sympathise with you and as governor of this state, my heart is so heavy. But the visit of the Vice President is a clear demonstration of the political will to deal with the situation; the shedding of blood has to stop.”
He added, “We appeal to the Federal Government to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act and be made to face the full wrath of the law”.
The Vice President, Governor Mutfwang and the National Security also addressed Plateau elders across religious and party lines and sued for tolerance, peace and unity for the collective growth and development of the people.
Governor Mutfwang later visited injured persons at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) with a view to assessing their conditions for prompt medical response and support. He upset the medical bill of a one Ezekiel Dalyop and Yeipeng who were discharged in the last six months but could not pay their medical bill.
Among those who were part of the visit include Senator Simon Lalong, Senator Joshua Dariye, Senator Simon Mwadkon, Senator Diket Plang, the Gwom Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, traditional rulers & Secretary to the Government of Plateau, Arc. Samuel Jatau.