- The recent Plateau killings have been described by Women groups in the state as acts of inhumanity and criminality
- They called on the federal and state governments to make concerted efforts to find a lasting solution where lives of citizens are protected
- The women also pointed out that the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) technique is more appropriate for sustainable conflict management
Women groups in Plateau have condemned the massacre of people, especially women and innocent children, in the recent attacks on its communities and cautioned opinion leaders against making inciting comments.
In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, June 26, in Jos, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) said the attacks were acts of inhumanity and criminality.
Legit.ng gathers that Mary Izam, the FIDA chairperson in Plateau said government should comply with the amended provisions of section 14(2b) of the 1999 Constitution of protecting lives and property of the citizenry.
Prof Funmilayo Para-Mallam, the national coordinator, Christian Women for Excellence and Empowerment in Nigeria (CWEENS), also condemned the killings. She called on the federal and state governments to make concerted efforts for a lasting solution where lives of citizens were protected as required by the Constitution.
“The conflict has left the state devastated, mourning lives of women and innocent children and many trapped in Messiah College and Bethany Academy in Barkin local government area of the state.
“It is sad that some opinion leaders are justifying these acts with inciting statements, instead of quelling down the situation. These can lead to further reprisals and these gruesome acts keeps being a cycle,” she said.
Para-Mallam said the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) technique was more appropriate for sustainable conflict management, adding that she had offered shelter to 10 displaced women and children.
She said the state security apparatus, ‘Operation Rainbow’ should be adequately equipped and stationed in rural communities where the heinous acts were more prevalent.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, June 25, decried how desperate politicians have increasingly cheapened human life in their quest to establish a reign of instability and chaos in the country for political gains.
President Buhari, who was reacting to recent clashes in Plateau which left scores dead, said in a statement by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, that those behind the killings hoped that it would give them an advantage in the coming elections.
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