David Young, the Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge de Affaires, US Embassy in Nigeria, has reacted to the increased rate of killings in many parts of the country.
David Young who is said to be a key member of the Methodist Church in the US, spoke to newsmen after delivering a sermon titled, ‘Living as a Christian in a multi-religious and multi-cultural context.
The diplomat who identified the reign of impunity as the main cause of the increased rate of killings in many parts of Nigeria, told newsmen;
”Quite a lot of people have died; it has been very terrible tragedies. We want to affirm the sanctity of human lives and anytime a person dies, it is a tragic loss, be that person a Christian, Muslim, Berom, farmer or herder.
I think it is clear, we know and government knows that as well. A lot of people are doing good things and working hard. But it needs to be even more because it is clear that there is a climate of impunity. When people are committing serious crimes, they get away with it, without being brought to justice.
“It is so important that there should be very strong efforts to make sure that people are brought to justice for these terrible crimes. It is also important to address the drivers of conflicts, address opportunity, fight poverty and provide jobs and hope for young people because definitely young people are getting into terrible groups. They really need to be part of the future and as such need mentoring and parenting.”
This is coming just after we reported that Gunmen who stormed Tse Ujoh community in Katsina Alla local government area of Benue State today August 10th, shot nine people dead. Eyewitnesses alleged that 12 people were found dead, however the Police confirmed nine person killed in the attack. The eyewitnesses further disclosed that the attackers stormed the community in a commando manner, shooting indiscriminately, leading to the death of eight persons on the spot.