President Muhammadu Buhari arrives Jos, Plateau State. #SecuringNC #SecuringNG🎥Emmanuel Anrihi
Posted by Buhari Sallau on Tuesday, June 26, 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari is visiting Plateau State for an on the spot assessment and condolence visit Tuesday.
He has just left Calabar, Cross Rivers State, where he commissioned a Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital and a rice “city” and seedlings factory.
Buhari’s visit comes as the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) explained yesterday why perpetrators of Sunday’s Plateau killings struck.
While the police put the death toll at 86, some residents claimed about 120 persons were killed in Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Jos South Local Government Areas of the state.
In a statement, the Chairman, North Central Zone of MACBAN, Danladi Ciroma, said: “These attacks are retaliatory. As much as I don’t support the killing of human beings, the truth must be told that those who carried out the attacks must be on revenge mission.
Renewed violence in Plateau State has led to the killing of 86 persons according to the police, while locals say over 100 were killed.
The current spate of violence, suspected to be carried out by herdsmen, is believed to be retaliatory after attacks on Fulani cattle dealers and their cattle in the past weeks.
The Saturday killing of scores of mainly Christian mourners of a local leader has been condemned by all Nigerians and the international community with many accusing Mr Buhari of not being sensitive enough to the situation.
Mr Buhari had on Monday dispatched his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, to Plateau.
While in Plateau, the vice president promised that more security personnel will be deployed to the state.
Many Nigerians have, however, criticised the president for not personally visiting Plateau since the Saturday attack.