Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), was at the Plateau State Government House Tuesday, where he paid a condolence visit to the state governor, His Excellency, Governor Simon Lalong, over resurgence of violence in the state.
Speaking at the event, the former Head of State stated that it is unfair for anyone to blame President Muhammadu Buhari for the incessant killings in the conflict between farmers and herders in some parts of the country. As according to him, he believes the President has no hand in it.
In his words, “The Buhari I know will not be involved in such things. Certainly, no leader will encourage his people to be killed.”
While thanking Gowon for his visit, Lalong said the state government has reviewed the state laws to prosecute perpetrators of killings and these would soon be signed into law. “We have reviewed adequate laws to prosecute offenders in Jos,” he said.
It will be recalled that the former Head of State has in the past, decried the past practice of releasing arrested suspects without their trial. “People arrested should be investigated and prosecuted in Jos where the crime was committed,” he concludes.