The Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED) has condemned the recent massacre in Bokkos and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas (LGA) of Plateau State. The death toll, which has surpassed 160, prompted CHRICED to denounce the government’s perceived “kid gloves” approach to the escalating violence.
In a statement signed by the Executive Director (CHRICED), Comrade Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi, he expressed deep concern over the routine loss of human lives, characterising Nigeria as a certified “killing field” reminiscent of a Hobbesian state of nature. Despite statements of condemnation from government officials, CHRICED contends that mere rhetoric falls short of the necessary response.
“The recent Plateau attacks, which have claimed the lives of 160 citizens and counting, clearly demonstrate the absence of any protective measures from the Nigerian State,” Zikirullahi emphasised.
The statement urges government functionaries responsible for citizens’ safety to prioritise a swift and aggressive counteroffensive against the perpetrators. Zikirullahi called on leaders to set aside festivities and personally lead efforts to track, capture, and bring the attackers to justice.
“Those who are paid heavily by the Nigerian commonwealth to ensure attacks like these do not happen are still too busy with their festivities and can only pay condolence visits and release statements. It appears that they are not available to take the lead in the more pressing task of pursuing, apprehending, and bringing these attackers to justice,” Zikirullahi stated.
CHRICED voiced its frustration with what it sees as a recurring pattern of lukewarm responses, expressing concern that victims and culprits risk being forgotten until the next tragedy unfolds.
“In an ironic twist, the administration of the All-Progressive Congress (APC) promised during their election campaign to take decisive action against terrorism and various forms of insecurity,” Zikirullahi noted.
“The structure requires overhaul and fundamental reforms if the government is to be able to fulfil its primary function of securing the lives and property of citizens,” Zikirullahi observed.
The organisation extended its condolences to the families and communities affected by the tragedy in Bokkos and Barkin Ladi, standing in solidarity during this challenging time.