The United States government (US) has commiserated with the people and government of Plateau State over the recent killing of hundreds of people by suspected herdsmen in 52 villages spread across four local government areas in the state.
The Donald Trump administration appealed to the federal and state governments to immediately swing into action to end the menace.
In a statement by Mr. David Young, Deputy Chief of Mission in the US Embassy in Nigeria on Monday, Washington condoled with the people of Plateau state over the killings.
Young, extended his country’s condolence in Jos, the state capital, when he visited Governor Simon Lalong, urging Nigerians to embrace peace and promote unity in the country.
The envoy stressed the need for the people to “speak peace and seek ways” to ensure the realisation of peaceful coexistence among them.
He reminded them that life was sacred, irrespective of who and where the citizens might belong to.
Young said: “Life is sacred, whether herdsmen or farmers, Christian or Muslim or whatever ethnic. The violence should be a major concern to both the federal and state governments and must be addressed adequately.
“There is the need to put more efforts toward ending this menace in the country’’.
He stressed the need for the promotion of inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogues to address causes of violence in the country.
He, however, urged the government to apprehend criminals perpetrating the act across the country.
The governor promised that the state government would continue to work to ensure that Plateau remains the home of peace and tourism.