Plateau Senator demands memorial gallery for attack victims

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Many children rendered homeless in decades of attacks

The Senator representing Plateau North in the Nigerian National Assembly, Istifanus Gyang on Tuesday alarmed that his constituency has been subjected to sustained attacks and “killing of thousands” for over two decades.

People particularly in villages, the Senator said are “hunted and butchered with daggers and bullets.”

The latest attack being the murder of six people including a Crowned Prince in Riyom LGA came few days after the funeral of a Village Chief who was also murdered by suspected herders.

Senator Gyang at the funeral on Friday in Foron village of Barkin Ladi LGA raised alarm on “serial targeted elimination” of traditional rulers and “unwarranted attacks” on communities in Plateau North.

In a press statement through his Press Advisor on the Wereng village murders, Gyang queried the slow response of officials to the attacks.

“For how long will the Nigerian state and government turn the blind eye in the face of these killings? Which alarm have we not raised calling attention to the need to stop the killings and displacement of communities from their ancestral homes?” He said.

According to him, forgiveness is possible and advocated, but “history has a way of archiving ugly developments of this nature as in the case of the memorial Galleria for victims of the holocaust in Israel and the preserved skulls of genocide in Rwanda.”

This the Senator said is done to serve as caution for nations “never to allow repeat of such acts of wickedness and genocide.”

Gyang however maintained that “no tyranny of circumstance can permanently subdue, suppress and oppress a people or nation.”

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