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07/10/2023 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – In a statement Sunday, the Plateau State Youth Council called on Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to deploy the Nigerian military to stop violence from Fulani militants in Plateau State. Most of the attacks there take place in Mangu, Riyom, Bassa, Bokkos, and Barkin-Ladi local government areas. 

“We are deeply concerned about the recent spate of unprovoked attacks on innocent citizens on the Plateau that is unabated. These attacks have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people, displacement of thousands, and destructions of property worth millions of naira,” said the chairmen in a joint statement. “How long shall this carnage and dastardly acts continue? We say enough is enough!” 

Currently, military personnel from Operation Safe Haven are deployed in the affected area. The council called for the Chief of Army Staff to visit the area as well, to contribute his expertise to help the Nigerian military stop the carnage of Christian lives in Nigeria.  

Fulani militants attacked multiple villages in Mangu on July 8. Mangu has been the target of multiple attacks throughout the last three months that have claimed dozens of lives and displaced hundreds from their ancestral homes. 

The council, in its statement, called on newly elected President Bola Tinubu to take action since he swore to protect the lives and property of Nigerians, no matter their faith or religion.  

Tinubu, who took office in May, abandoned the long-standing tradition of presidential candidates choosing a running mate from a different faith when he chose Kashim Shettima, a fellow Muslim and former governor of Borno State, to join him on the APC ticket. His choice sparked harsh criticism among non-Muslim leaders who felt that the decision marginalized the interests of other religious groups. Despite campaign promises to marginalize areas that did not vote for him, in his acceptance speech, Tinubu promised to represent the interests of all Nigerians. 

“We are also calling on the International Community through the United Nations to help us and end this Genocide on the Plateau,” said the chairmen. “We call on the International Criminal Court to focus its attention to Plateau State with a view to identifying actors for prosecution.” 

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