– The US deputy chief of mission in Nigeria, David Young, has called for criminal actors in Nigeria to be arrested and prosecuted
– He pointed out that any loss of life is a tragedy; stressing that the cost of violence has touched many in rural parts of Nigeria
– He called for a concerted effort to address the long term drivers of conflict and tension across Nigeria
The United States has called for all those involved in the persistent violence which has claimed lots of innocent lives in Nigeria to be arrested and prosecuted.
The call was made by the US deputy chief of mission in Nigeria, David Young, and was made public in a post on the Twitter handle of the US Embassy, @USEmbassyAbuja, on Friday, September 7.
NAIJ.com notes that Young, while speaking at a peace building summit in Plateau state, pointed out that every human life is sacred.
He said: “With this recent spike in violence, a Peace-Building Summit proved both timely and vitally important for the future of this region of Nigeria.
“In our wide-ranging discussions throughout the Middle Belt, we emphasize that nothing is more sacred than a human life, be it farmer or herder, Muslim or Christian, Berom or Fulani.
“Any loss of life is a tragedy, and the cost of violence has touched many in rural parts of Nigeria. Innocence has been killed, communities have been torn apart, people have been displaced from their homes, and families have mourned their loved ones.
“The cycle of violence – attacks and reprisals and counter reprisals – has taken horrific tolls on people in the state of Plateau.
“Those who work for peace are not of one group or another. They are not just Muslim, they are not just Christian. They are individuals who stand up for goodness and against violence.”
He added: “The US government and US Embassy in Nigeria work very closely with a number of organizations across Nigeria to protect civilians and to promote respect for human rights.
“We work with the Plateau Peace Building Agency, giving grants for the agency’s ongoing efforts to work for peace and dialogue in this embattled state.
“Ultimately, to achieve a lasting peace, we must all work together. Together, we must condemn the violence that has claimed innocent lives in Nigeria.
“We must break the cycle of impunity that fuels grievances on all sides, and so we must all call for effective law enforcement to arrest and prosecute criminal actors.
“We must work together towards addressing the long term drivers of conflict and tension across Nigeria. And finally, we must all speak out for peace. For all of us, our words matter. Our actions matter. And we can all make a difference.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the US strongly condemned the attacks in Plateau in which no fewer than 86 people were killed and several others injured.
The US, in a statement by Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the US Department of State, said the perpetrators of the attacks should be brought to justice.
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