By Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District, Istifanus Gyang has urged the Federal Government to take additional steps in securing Nigerians and in particular those of Plateau origin who have become targets “for abduction and persecution” by Boko Haram terrorists.
The lawmaker also condemn
in the strongest terms the anti Plateau hate narrative by the insurgents whom he said, “their ultimate intention is to polarize Nigerian citizens along ethno-religious divides”.
Gyang disclosed this while presenting a matter of urgent public importance; order 42, 52 at Senate Chambers.
The Federal legislator, “Condemn the abduction and killings of Nigerian citizens of from Plateau State origin still by Boko Haram, three of whom were killed and three others are still being held captive.
“Urge government to take additional steps to secure Nigerian citizens and in Particular, those of Plateau origin who have become targets for abduction and persecution by Boko Haram.
“Urge the authorities of ABU, Zaria, University of Jos and Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi to absorb all undergraduate and post graduate students of Plateau State origin currently studying in the University of Maiduguri as their safety is gravely jeopardized by the anti Plateau hate narrative orchestrated by Boko Haram”.
He recalled that, Mr. Lawrence Duna Dacighir -Aid worker was killed in 2019, also Mr. Godfrey Ali Shukagham, -Aid worker was killed in 2019.
He also recalled the recent one, which was a 200 level Biology Education student of University of Maiduguri Mr. Ropvil Daciya Dapel.
“Another incident was the abduction of Jennifer Ukanbong Samuel, a health worker that was released recently.
“Lilian Gyang a student of University of Maiduguri abducted returning on resumption and still in Boko Haram captivity, and also Abdulhamid Bashir still in captivity.
Gyang also noted that the three boys including an undergraduate of the University of Maiduguri, were brutally murdered by Boko Haram at close range gunshots.
“Videos of the killings laced with hate messages have gone viral evoking passions and condemnation not only in Plateau State but across the nation and even globally”, he decried.
The lawmaker further lamented that, “While the Boko Haram were promoting anti-Plateau hate narrative, another wave of violent attacks were visited on host communities in Bokkos LGA leading to the dead of 27 persons at Kwattas, Ruboi and Marish villages.
“This resurgence of attacks is coming at a time that the State was setting down to peace”, he stressed.