Plateau youths want an end to killings in the state

A coalition of youth groups in Plateau State, under the auspices of Plateau Speaks, on Saturday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently address the endless killings of people in the state, saying “enough is enough.”

The youths, who dressed in a black T-Shirt with inscription: “#StopTheKillingsInPlateau,” also carried banners which read: “How Many More Do We Have To Burry,” “#Stop Making Our Children Orphans,” “#Stop The Ethnic Cleansing,” “Plateau One Voice Sit-Down,” “#I Stand With Riyom, Kadako, and Barkin Ladi,” “United Plateau Against Genocide/Innocent Killings,” among others.

Speaking, the Chair of the Planning Committee and Co-Convener of Plateau Speaks, Musa Bogus, said the youths gathered at the Unity Fountain in Abuja in order to call attention to the waves of killings in the state.

“We are gathering here a s a result of what has been happening on the Plateau. Over the years, people have been killed and nobody is saying anything about it; government has been silenced, Nigerian leaders have been silenced about it. So we, concern youths, have to come together under the auspices of Plateau Speaks. We are here to mourn our brothers who have been killed over the years on the Plateau.,” he said.

Bogus, who called on President Buhari to urgently address the issues in the state, lamented that at least 10 people are killed on a daily basis in the state.

“We have over 20, 000 IDPs, those IDPs should be reintegrated; our schools are closed down because of these crises; no primary healthcare; farmlands are being destroyed. So we want government to come into this, we really want to hear the president speaks on what is happening just as he is talking on the issues in the north east.

“The issues on the plateau has been lingering for over 10 years or more and the north east is just 2009 and it is receiving serious attention. And you see that not less than 10 people are killed every day on the plateau. So if you check that in a week, it is high number. So we really want the government to address this, let them say something. So we will be here speaking until we are heard,” he said.

Also speaking, Kate Pam, another Co-Convener of the group, said the youths numbering over 200 from the states, gathered to mourn the incessant killings.

“This is so because all of us are aggrieved, all of us are pained, we have lost loved ones. As am speaking today, my cousin is being buried in Jos. On Tuesday, I am going to be burying another one, and then, many people like that! So, we thought that we have been grieving in our villages, in our homes, but this time around, we thought we should come and grief, so that the country will see and know what we are going through,” she lamented.

She, however, called on everybody in the state to ensure that peace is maintained across board.

CAPTION FOR PIX: A coalition of youth groups in Plateau State under the umbrella of Plateau Speaks, in a peaceful protest in Abuja yesterday.

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