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Plateau killings: I was elected to protect lives and property, that I must do - President Buhari

Plateau killings: I was elected to protect lives and property, that I must do - President Buhari

- President Buhari has reiterated the mandate given to him by Nigerians

- He said he was elected to protect lives and property and he will definitely do that

- Buhari was reacting to the recent killings in Plateau state

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to protect lives and properties of Nigerians. The president said this on Tuesday, June 26, in Jos at a meeting with stakeholders on the current security situation in Plateau.

It would be recalled that scores of the people were killed in several communities across four local government areas of the state. Vice President Yemi Osibanjo was in the state on Monday where he assessed the situation and also interacted with stakeholders.

Less that 24 hours, the president came himself to console the people and interact with them. “I have contested elected elections to protect lives and properties and that I will do," he said.

Buhari condemned the killings and charged the leadership at every level to be awake to their responsibility of driving the peace process. He commiserated with the bereaved urging the leaders to pass his message of condolence to those who lost their loved ones.

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Gov Simon Lalong thanked the president for coming personally after the visit of the Vice President where far reaching decisions were reached after exhaustive discussions, attended by key stakeholders.

Lalong outlined steps taken by the government to descalate the crisis with support from the federal government. He also thanked the president for considering appeals for the establishment of Police Mobile Unit at Gashish, a flash point, and for the plans to compensate victims of the crises.

He, however, appealed to him to ensure those found to be behind the crises face the full wrath of the law. “Mr president those who have been arrested and found guilty should be punished," he said.

Lalong said that all the parties involved in the killings were guilty as there was no justification for their actions.

The governor condemed acts of annexation of ancestral lands saying that his administration would not allow anybody to take another persons land. He also condemned cattle rustling and other vices that negate peace building.

The president was accompanied on the visit by the governors of Kebbi state, Atiku Bagudu, and Niger, Sani Bello.

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Others, were the ministers of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau and Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.

Also with president was the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar, and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari directed security agencies to be vigilant especially in the protection of lives and properties. He also appealed to traditional and community leaders to complement government efforts by persuading their constituencies to tolerate one another for peace and unity in the country.

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