Editorial: We call for end to these killings

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Last Tuesday, 1st June, 2021, Christopher Dega, a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, on security matters was killed by unknown gunmen in Jos, the Plateau State capital

Unknown gunmen have shot and killed Christopher Dega, a senior special assistant to the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom on Security matters. His assassination happened few days after a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) and a Political Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, was killed in Owerri, Imo state.

The late Dega was a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police and had been instrumental to tackling insecurity challenges in the Benue State, that is battling both frequent attacks from suspected herdsmen and local militants. The state has in recent months witnessed various clashes between farmers and herders leading to the deaths of many.

In March, Governor Ortom’s convoy was attacked at Tyo Mu along along Makurdi-Gboko road. He accused herdsmen of being behind the attack which he said was an attempt on his life.

The recent high profile killings in the country should be a source of worry for the government as it is for Nigerians who for a long time cannot sleep with their eyes closed. However, we are not unaware that the Buhari-led government is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure that Nigeria is safe for all Nigerians and foreigners alike. We believe that more needed to be done in order to assure Nigerians that the country is safe.

That there is palpable tension all over the country as a result of the insecurity is undeniable. There is no part of the country that is insulated from the bloodshed as the six geo-political zones of the country are engulfed in one security challenge or more as the case may be.

Nigerians, reacting to these challenges have resulted to ethnic and tribal name calling and the country has not been this divided. There is no time that the unity of this country have been placed on trials as it is currently with some region all ready beating the drum of secession.

We urged the government to improve on its effort in providing security for all Nigerians of all works of life. We also call on leaders of thoughts, religious and traditional leaders to contribute to healing the wounds currently plaguing the country. They must not lose sight of the fact that they are critical stakeholders in nation building. There is therefore no perfect time for their intervention better than this trying period.

We also urge Nigerians to ensure that while they are security conscious, the peace and stability of the country remain sacrosanct.

Muhammadu Buhari

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