The Nigeria Governors Forum has described the killing of 23 travellers around Gada Biyu in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State as tragic and barbaric.
The forum made this known in a statement signed by the Head, Media and Public Affairs of the forum, Abdulraque Bello-Barkindo, in Abuja, on Sunday.
Naija News recalls that a militia group had attacked some commuters killing over 20 Muslims and injuring scores on Saturday morning, along Rukuba road, Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Following the killing, Governor Simon Bako Lalong imposed a 24-hour curfew in Jos North and dusk-to-dawn in Bassa and Jos South local government areas.
The governors condemned the killings of the Muslim faithful who were coming from an Islamic event in Bauchi State.
They, however, urged security agencies to bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to justice to serve as a deterrent to others.
The statement read in part, “The killing has all the colourations of several others like it where locals in particular parts of the country have become inhospitable and unwelcoming to other Nigerians living in or passing through their domains.
“These dastardly actions of Nigeria’s once peaceful locals which have resulted in unwarranted and needless deaths diminish us all as a people and pulls our country down to the deepest recesses of the absence of civilization. They also cause all kinds of reprisal killings and injurious interactions that does nobody any good.
“The Forum views with extreme disgust the horrible and thoughtless loss of precious lives and declare unequivocally that it must stop forthwith.”