Former minister blames foreign assailants for recent Plateau attacks 

August 31, 2021
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Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has blamed the attacks in Plateau State on foreign assailants who are not only attacking the state but also other parts of the country.

He noted further that the attackers must be fished out and dealt with in order to stop them from destroying the nation.

The former minister stated this on Tuesday in Jos, the state capital during a condolence visit to Governor Simon Lalong.

He said Plateau State is a melting point of the nation whose history of accommodation, tolerance hospitality and serenity is globally recognised.

He said the recent attacks by criminals must not be allowed to give the impression of hostility between people of Plateau State who have dwelt together in peace despite religious and ethnic peculiarities, adding that the people were not in any battle with one another but facing instigation from influencers outside the state.

He encouraged Governor Lalong to continue with his efforts to promote peaceful coexistence and also deal with criminals who are killing and maiming innocent people.

Governor Lalong in response said he was delighted with the Fani-Kayode’s visit, particularly for going round the country preaching peace, unity and reconciliation.

He reaffirmed his determination to continue to run an inclusive government that takes care of the interests of all citizens no matter their backgrounds. This he said is what gave the state its fame and fortune over the years and gave it recognition as the home for all.

The governor appreciated all Nigerians that have expressed solidarity with the state during this trying moment and also condemned the narratives that seemed to fuel anger, tensions, reprisals and instability.

He said despite this development, the state remains the destination of choice for many people from within and outside the country as it still embraces diversity and goodwill.

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