Plateau Killings: President Buhari meets with Senate President, Speaker

Timothy Choji


Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has met with Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara over the killings in Plateau State.

The meeting took place at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

Speaking with State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, Saraki assured Nigerians that the National Assembly will play its role very well, to urgently end the spate of killings in some parts of the country.

“We met with the President to first of all commiserate with him and get a briefing from him. Part of the briefing was how steps are being taken to forestall reoccurrence and restore sanity because this is a great concern to him and to us also. 

“To see what can be done with the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA and security agencies; we will all work towards it, nobody is happy with it and we will all come together to ensure that we restore sanity. We commiserate with all families, it is our own intention to also go and pay our own condolence visit to the people of Plateau State. Our general appeal at the end of the day is that we all live together in peace and harmony and we will continue to do our best to see that this kind of thing does not happen again,” Saraki explained.

On his part, Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara expressed condolences to the President, the government and people of Plateau state over the killings in the state.

According to him, the President briefed them on what he saw firsthand when he visited Jos, the Plateau State capital on Tuesday and measures he is putting in place to prevent reoccurrence.

He said “These are very sober moments for all of us in a situation where people in hundreds are continued to be killed and we can no longer tolerate this kind of situation as a government. 

“Whatever it is, we must not lose the fight against violence because we can’t lose that fight and still keep our civilization. If you go to the North-East, you can see the level of devastation caused by boko haram, everything resembling progress from schools to hospitals to government institutions, everything has been pulled down. And we don’t want a replication of this all over the country. 

“The President has taken enough steps, these are security issues, they are not matters that you can discuss but he has told us what he is doing, the reorganization that he plans to put in place to ensure that this doesn’t happen.

“My advice to our people not just Plateau State, Benue, Zamfara, Taraba virtually some communities faced with this situation especially in the North, I think the issue of securing our communities, living in peace must be taken as a project, is something each and every one of us must invest in whether as traditional rulers, as community leaders, Councillors, Chairmen, all strata of the society must invest in peace building. That is the only way we can live in a secured community and ensure that we progress as a country,” Dogara noted.