The Northern Senators Forum, comprising senators from the 19 northern states, has called on the Federal Government to bring to justice the culprits of the recent massacre in Jos, Plateau State.
The forum also urged the government to act on the findings of previous investigations of similar incidents and take measures to prevent them from happening again.
On Tuesday, the Plateau State Police Command revealed that gunmen killed 96 people and torched 221 houses in 15 communities of Bokkos and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas of the state on Christmas Eve. The attackers also set fire to eight vehicles.
The forum’s spokesperson, Senator Kawu Sumaila, issued a statement on behalf of the Northern Senators, expressing their condemnation and condolence.
The statement read, “It is with profound sorrow and a weighty heart that, as a forum, we address you on the recent tragic incident of mass killing in Plateau State.
“This brutal act is indefensible, devoid of reason, and stains our shared humanity.
“We unequivocally condemn such heinous acts and express our deepest condolences to the affected families, loved ones, the people, and the Government of Plateau State.
“Their immense loss is a collective grief, and we stand united in our determination to seek justice.
“In our legislative role, we strongly condemn this reprehensible act and call upon the authorities to promptly initiate a comprehensive investigation.
“Allocating necessary resources to swiftly identify and apprehend the perpetrators is paramount. They must face the full force of the law, ensuring justice prevails.
“The Northern senators noted that a collective effort will foster resilience to overcome “this dark chapter in our history.”
They added, “During these trying times, unity among citizens is crucial. We must draw on our shared values of compassion, empathy, and respect to support one another and provide solace to those affected.
“As representatives of the people, we urge the federal government to consolidate investigation reports of similar cases, taking necessary action to prevent future occurrences.
“Moreover, let us reflect on the importance of upholding peace, unity, and understanding within our country.
“We must recommit to fostering an inclusive atmosphere where diversity is celebrated, and differences are resolved through dialogue and peaceful means.”
The statement concluded, “In conclusion, we reiterate our strong condemnation of this abhorrent act of mass killing.
“We implore everyone to stand united against violence, support the affected families, and trust our law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“Together, we shall prevail, and our country will emerge stronger. May peace be restored to our nation, and may our hearts find solace in these challenging times.”