Plateau killings not new; killings have been with us for a while – Presidency
The Presidency today said the present killings going on in the country the latest of which happened in Plateau state over the weekend had been ongoing for a while and not a new thing. Although he said the present administration was doing all it can to halt it.
According to Adesina, it was regrettable that the PDP would rather dance on the graves of the dead, playing cheap, infantile politics.
“The comatose and prostrate party is declaring seven days of mourning, during which flags in its offices would be flown at half mast nationwide. But unknown to the party, those flags had been forcefully lowered since its 2015 loss at the polls, and may remain so for a long time to come, because Nigerians are politically discerning, and cannot be hoodwinked by cheap antics.
“A quick checklist of some savage and brutal killings in Nigeria during PDP’s rule between 1999 and 2015, for which no national mourning was declared:
” November 20, 1999. Odi, in Bayelsa State, was invaded on orders of a PDP President. About 2,500 people killed. No national mourning.
” Between February and May, 2000, about 5,000 people were killed during riots over Sharia law in different parts of the North. No national mourning.
” In 2001, hundreds of people, including the old, infirm, women and children were killed in Zaki Biam. No crocodile tears.
“Between September 7-12, 2001, Jos, Plateau State, erupted in internecine killings. Between 500 and 1,000 people were killed. Flags were not flown at half mast.
” In February, 2004, at least 975 people were killed in Yelwa-Shendam, Plateau State. No mourning by the then ruling PDP.
“Between November 28 and 29, 2008, Jos was in flames again, with 381 deaths. No mourning.
” In 2010, 992 people killed in Jos. Mum was the word.
“In 2014 alone, according to Global Terrorism Index, at least 1,229 people were killed in the Middle Belt. No mourning.
” Boko Haram killings in PDP years were over 10,000. PDP flags were still fluttering proudly in the sky,” he said.
He said the government was working towards enduring solutions; and should be given the opportunity to do so.