Put More Efforts Toward Ending Killings, U.S. Tells Nigeria
The American government is raising yet another concern over the killings that have continued in Nigeria's central region months after President Donald Trump stressed the need for an end to such occurrences.
It wants the Nigerian government to channel more effort towards ending bloodletting and instituting peaceful co-existence between its people.
Mr David Young, the Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Nigeria was in Plateau State on Monday to condole with the people of the state over the recent killings in some communities.
Young held a meeting with Governor Simon Lalong in Jos, the capital city, and he urged Nigerians to embrace peace and promote unity.
He emphasised the need for the people to speak peace and work out ways to realise peaceful coexistence among them.
Life Is Sacred
The Deputy Chief of Mission emphasised that life was sacred, irrespective of who and where the citizens might belong.
“Life is sacred, whether herdsmen or farmers, Christian or Muslim or whatever ethnic.
“The violence should be a major concern to both the State and Federal Government and must be addressed adequately.
“There is the need to put more efforts toward ending this menace in the country,’’ he said.
Young stressed the need for the promotion of inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogues to address causes of violence.
He, however, urged the government to apprehend criminals perpetrating the act across Nigeria.
Receiving Young, Lalong commended the American Embassy for the show of concern over the ugly situation.
He said the recent incident that led to the loss of lives reminded the state government of the need to review its security structure.
The governor assured the United States envoy that the state government would continue to work to ensure that Plateau remains the home of peace and tourism.