File: Atiku Abubakar

A former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has condemned last Sunday’s attack by gunmen that led to the death of over 100 villagers in Plateau State.

VANTAGE NEWS had reported that more than 100 bodies were recovered after bandits invaded the villages of Kukawa, Gyanbahu, Dungur, and Keram, and set many houses ablaze.

In a series of tweets, Atiku, who is a presidential aspirant recommended a community-based peace initiative that involves a committee of community leaders, clergy, security agents, and well-meaning stakeholders to dialogue and find ways of ending the unrest.

He said, “I am devastated by reports of the killing of scores of citizens in Kanam LGA of Plateau State. This attack, like all other attacks on innocent citizens, stands condemned. There can never be a justification for this wanton destruction of lives and properties.

“This attack exposes the inadequacy of the current security architecture. But even more importantly, it reveals a far deeper malaise: the intolerance being bred by divisions in our country exacerbates this culture of violence. We need to take urgent steps to stem this carnage.

“To this end, I recommend a community-based Peace Initiative. It involves the empanelling of a committee of community leaders, clergy, security agents and well-meaning stakeholders to dialogue and find ways of nipping the crisis in the bud before it escalates.

“My deepest condolences to the families who may have lost a dear one and the people and government of Plateau State.”

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