Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has called on leaders at all levels to make sacrifices for the purpose of putting an end to man conflicts that have led to killings of innocent people across the country, especially, in Plateau State.
Professor Osinbajo, who spoke yesterday, Monday, when he visited Plateau State where he met with leaders and representatives of communities related to the conflicts, stressed: “It is our duty as community leaders that we do not allow this cycle of violence to continue.
“As I said to the community leaders, issues like these are dealt with and resolved by men and not spirits. It is those of us who are alive and well today; those of us who are leaders, community leaders, leaders of state, local and federal governments, who must resolve these issues. And we cannot shy away from resolving the issues.
“We must be bold enough to be able to tell our communities that resolving these disputes is a give-and-take issue. There is no zero sum here, with so many losses, so many deaths over time. But we must find a solution, and the solution is in the type of sacrifices that leaders are prepared to make.”
vice President Osinbajo, who described the recent killings and violence in Plateau State as vicious and horrible, reiterated the resolve of the Federal Government to find permanent solutions to problems of insecurity in the country and ensure that the perpetrators of the recent attacks in the State are brought to book.
“We must condemn killings of any kind. It doesn’t matter whether these killings are by herdsmen killing villagers, or whether it is villagers who in one way or the other have killed others, including herdsmen. I think it is important that we condemn these killings, in particular these killings that have taken place where so many people have lost their lives in the last few days. There is no reason at all why anyone who commits these offences will escape.”
The Vice President gave assurance that security has been beefed up by the deployment of more police and military personnel to the affected areas, even as he vowed that justice will be done and those arrested will be duly prosecuted.
“The head of the Operation Safe Haven as well as the DIG (Police) have confirmed to me that some arrests have been made and those persons will face the law, and that more arrests will be made. I think it is important that we ensure that there is justice. I want you to be sure that we will do so, we will make sure that those who have been arrested are duly prosecuted, and that others who are engaged in this heinous conduct are also arrested and prosecuted.”