Mijovia News Update, 15th August, 2021.
Nigeria Presidency have condemned the attack on Muslim travelers traveling from a religious event in Bauchi to Jos. The attack that happened in Jos took the life of about 22 persons with many others injured.
There has been series of attacks in the Eastern part of Nigeria by the Fulani herdsmen terrorists. An attack that left dozens of innocent Igbo villagers dead, but the presidency did not find their voice to condemn these attacks. But suddenly found their voice immediately it touched those they cared about. The press release by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president reads in part.
"The Presidency condemns the attack earlier Saturday on travelers from a religious event in Bauchi, passing through Jos, the Plateau State Capital and regrets the reported deaths of at least twenty-two persons with several others injured in that ambush on their travelling party.
It is widely known that Plateau State has been one of the states affected by herder-farmer clashes, which have, in a significant way, been curtailed following the intense peace-building efforts of the administration of Governor Simon Lalong. However, to be clear, this is not an agriculturalist-on-pastoralist confrontation – but rather a direct, brazen and wickedly motivated attack on members of a community exercising their rights to travel freely and to follow the faith of their choosing.
With the evident preparedness of their attackers, it is clear this was a well-conceived and prearranged assault on a known target, location and religious persuasion of the travellers not an opportunist ambush. The Presidency offers condolences to the families of the victims and continues to liaise closely with the local authorities - including security, the police, and governmental agencies.