Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong has pleaded with the government and people of Ondo to forgive following the recent assault on their people.
Lalong’s apology was issued through his deputy, Prof. Sonny Tyoden, who led a delegation from the state to Ondo for a condolence visit, and to formally deliver the survivors of the tragic attacks.
The apology was contained in a statement by the governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Saturday in Jos.
Tyoden said the visit was to express the condolences and apologies of the Government and people of Plateau to their families as well as the entire people of Ondo State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that about 23 people from Ondo passing through Jos were killed on Aug. 14, while 23 were reportedly 23 injured.
The travellers were assaulted enroute Ondo along Rukuba road in Jos North Local Government Area, of which more than 30 were rescued by security agents.
Lalong pleaded for forgiveness for the actions of the criminals who committed the act, saying they acted on their own as they did not represent any religious, ethnic or social interest in the attack.
According to the statement, Lalong has been distressed by the incidence, which is an attempt to jeopardise the substantial peace restored in the last six years since his assumption of office in the state.
He further assured that the state government was commited to protecting lives and properties of all Nigerians, saying that the culprits involved will be brought to book as many arrests have been made.
In response, Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu thanked Lalong for his timely intervention and other proactive measures taken to prevent the situation from escalating.
Represented by his deputy, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the governor said on obtaining the news, he immediately went to the cattle market to sympathise with the leadership of the Fulani brethren over the incident.
Gov Akeredolu said his administration was interested on the welfare of all citizens regardless of their backgrounds, and appreciated his colleague for sending a high level delegation to accompany their people back home.
The leader of the Fulani ethnic group in the South Eest, Alhaji Kabiru Mohammed, ascertained that they have forgiven all in the interest of peace and stability of Nigeria.
He pledged that there would be no retaliation as they were glad to see their brothers back in their midst.
According to him, Nigeria is greater than any individual or interest groups.
Tyoden was accompanied by the Emir of Wase, Dr Mohammed Haruna; Yoruba Community Leader in Plateau, Chief Jide Olagbemiro, and Alhaji Nura Mohammad, Plateau Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Asociation in Nigeria (MACBAN), among others.