JUST IN: Former head of state, Yakubu Gowon reacts to Plateau killings


A former military head of state, Yakubu Gowon has finally reacted to the recent spate of killings in Plateau state and other parts of the middle belt.

Gowon called on President Muhammadu Buhari to identify, arrest and deal with the culprits responsible for the various killings across the country perpetrated by suspected bandits and herdsmen.

Gowon said this in Katsina State, where he attended a 2-day North West zone ‘Nigeria Prays’ event. He also called on the government to bring justice to all those affected by the incidence. He said Nigerians needed to come together and condemn all forms of animosity among her citizens, including bloodletting, clashes, and hate speech.

He said; “We are gathered in the true spirit of worship to intercede fervently for our dear nation for God’s intervention in our affairs, particularly social, political and economic, and to douse hatred and animosity amongst our citizens.

If not for God’s abundant mercy and grace, the nation would have been plunged into another round of crises. Let us be assured that our prayers are not in vain. I can say this with every authority that prayer can solve problems better and faster than generals and soldiers can do with physical weapons of war.

I have no doubt in my heart that God will honour our collective prayers and intercession for our nation and heal our nation of insecurity.We, however, call on the authorities to deal with culprits and bring justice to the grieved. We must rise to condemn needles bloodletting and clashes, hate speeches and all manner of evil”.


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