- Published on Monday, 09 July 2012 15:13
- Written by Oke Epia
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has expressed immense sadness and pains at the orgy of killings and violence which engulfed Plateau State over the weekend which claimed the lives of Senator Gyang Dantong and Hon. Gyang Fulani, among others. The Deputy Speaker who reacted to
the news of the killings in far away Dallas, United States where he is attending a function, said he was deeply saddened by the killings which according to him have assumed “very disturbing and dangerous dimensions and must be halted by concerted efforts from all well-meaning Nigerians without any further delay.”
Rt. Hon. Ihedioha said it was highly unfortunate that the indigene-settler controversy that has persistently been in the heart of the crisis in Plateau State has continued to fester like an open sore in spite of peaceful interventions at various levels.
While regretting the loss of lives, he called on relevant stakeholders across the country especially those directly affected, to take advantage of the ongoing constitution review exercise to come up with proposals and solutions that will deal with this raging controversy once and for all.
“The ongoing constitution review process by the seventh National Assembly is a window of opportunity we must not miss to address fundamental issues of our national life like the raging controversy of indigene-settler that has been identified as one of the root causes of the seeming unending violence in the Plateau,” Ihedioha said.
“My heart goes out most sincerely to the families of the deceased Senator, the Honourable member of the Plateau State House of Assembly and other victims affected by the violence one way or the other,” Ihedioha condoled, while also extending commiseration to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as the Government and people of Plateau State, especially the House of Assembly.
Chief Press Secretary