Arrest, punish those responsible for killings, U.S tells Nigerian govt
Abuja, July 26, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Nigeria, David Young, has urged the Nigerian government not to allow perpetrators of deadly violence in many states get away with their crimes.
He called for a crackdown on deadly attacks that have led to over a thousand deaths in various northern states.
Most of the attacks are linked to herdsmen – farmers clashes.
Mr Young suggested ways the Nigerian government could end the ongoing killings in Zamara, Kaduna and Plateau states.
My Young, while addressing journalists in Kaduna on Wednesday, described the killings as tragic and very complex to deal with.
He explained that part of the solution to the problem would be for the government to arrest those behind the killings.
Mr Young, who said he visited the three states affected by the herders-farmers crisis, also said it was very important for justice to take place to stem the tide.
“As Nigeria deals with its issues of insecurity and violence, I know it is a major concern, that I heard about from people here in Kaduna as well as Zamfara and Plateau, about the issue of loss of lives and how tragic that is. It’s important to emphasise that for us (U.S.) and our people, all lives are sacred and we mourn the passing and tragedy that happened.
“I learnt that in Kaduna and Zamfara during my trip that all communities are touched by this violence between farmers and herders. All are touched by this violence and again it’s a tragic loss that we mourn and we stand in solidarity with people who lost loved ones,” he said.
“I learnt that there are very complex causes for the criminality that we see across different states. I met with many people in Abuja as well and around the country and our team at the Embassy looked at these issues, talked to folks all across Nigeria