President of Senate, Ahmad Lawan

BY SEGUN ADEBAYO, ABUJA – The Senate on Wednesday declared that the attacks on Plateau state by Boko Haram is aimed at dividing Nigerians along religious lines.

Apart from condemning the attacks, the upper legislative chamber called on citizens to be wary of the insurgents’ plot to throw the country into a deep of bloodshed.

This is sequel to a motion considered and brought to the floor on Wednesday by Senator Istifanus Gyang (PDP), Plateau North.

Gyang, who relied on order 42 and 52 of Senate Standing Rules to mobe his motion titled: “Anti-Plateau Narrative and Killings Orchestrated by Boko Haram: A Ploy to Polarize Nigerian Citizens Along Ethno-Religious Divides”, said a total of 27 lives were lost on Tuesday in a renewed blood bath carried out by insurgents in Kwattas, Ruboi and Marish in Plateau State.

According to Senator Gyang, “The consequential effects of this defective anti-Plateau narrative has led to the abduction of over 6 persons, 4 males and 2 females. Three boys, including an undergraduate of the University of Maiduguri, were brutally murdered by Boko Haram at close range gunshots.”

“The anti-Plateau hate narrative are reminiscent of the Nazi Germany episode where the Nazi supremacist regime promoted the demonization of Jews and incited anti-Semitism as a justification for the subsequent gas chambers genocide against the Jews.

“The xenophobic and hateful narrative being orchestrated by Boko Haram is intended to set other Nigerian citizens against those of Plateau origin.”

Gyang described the current gale of killings on the Plateau as an “attempt by the fanatical sect to whip up religious and ethnic sentiments of unsuspecting Nigerians and to shift attention from its evil acts that has not spared Muslims and other Nigerian citizens of all classes and creeds from North to South, East to West.”

The Senate in its resolution, urged the Federal Government to take additional steps to secure Nigerian citizens and in particular, those of Plateau origin who have become targets of abduction and persecution by Boko Haram.

In a bid to provide security for university students currently studying in the University of Maiduguri, the upper chamber also urged the authorities of Ahmadu Bello University, 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.

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