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Buhari to honour Imam who saved Christians during Plateau massacre

Valentine Chinyem

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President Muhammadu Buhari would confer a national Honour on Imam of Yelwa, Gidin-Akwati, Alh. Abdullahi Abubakar, who saved over 300 Christians, including children and women, when fulani herdsmen attacked villages in lives in Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

This was made known by Simon Lalong, the Plateau State governor, while declaring open a three-day Peace and Security Conference, organised by the Plateau Peace Building Agency with the theme, ‘The resurgence of Violence in Plateau state: Towards a Multi Stakeholder Partnership for Peace and Security,’ held at Crest hotel, Jos, the state capital.

According to him, “We have discussed the positive role played by the Imam of Yelwa, Gindi-Akwati, Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar in the recent attacks in some villages of Barkin-Ladi Local Government and how he saved 300 women and children in a community of about 1000 people. The President has asked me to bring him for a hand shake and to confer on him a National Honour Award.

“The people he saved are not only Plateau people but they are Nigerians. We should imbibe this same spirit anywhere we found ourselves for the enthronement of enduring peace and unity in our country; this is because life is sacrosanct.”

According to him, his government would continue to sue for peace and unity in the state.

“I am saddened by the fact that some of the modest successes we have recorded in our collective efforts to build peace within the last three years, have been undermined by agents of destabilization and enemies of peace.

“We shall not however despair and neither shall we relent in our commitment to tackle the challenges of peace and security regardless of the evil machinations of those who have sworn to take us back to our gory past.”