by Isi Esene
President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday ordered security agencies to fish out the killers of Senator Gyang Dantong.
Dantong and hundreds of others were attending a mass burial in Maseh village, Riyom Local Government Area for 64 victims of the weekend attacks on Plateau villages by people believed to be Fulani herdsmen. The dead were either burnt or shot.
According to presidential spokesman Reuben Abati, the president had directed security agencies to ensure that a thorough investigation is carried out and the culprits are apprehended and brought to justice. He described the killing as cruel and regrettable.
The president also commiserated with the government and people of Plateau State and members and the leadership of the Senate on the incident.
According to a statement from Abati, “The Federal Government is working hard to ensure that there is a check on impunity. We shall continue to re-invigorate our fight against terrorism and impunity and we are already taking concrete steps. The president further assured citizens of their safety wherever they live”.
He explained that the widespread violence which has pervaded some parts of the country necessitated the appointment of the new national security adviser who has been mandated to put a stop to the violence within the shortest time possible.
Meanwhile, the Senate president, David Mark has described the murders as shocking saying this incident was “personal to him”.
In a statement issued by his special adviser on Media, Kola Ologbondiyan, Mark said, “We must do everything within the ambit of our laws to ensure that this type of murderous acts is stopped. As a nation, we must just rise against those who are determined to return us to a state of nature where life had little or no value.”
Yeah we must, but shall we?