The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has blamed the elite and elders in Plateau State for allegedly encouraging the incessant violence and clashes in the state.
Buratai, represented by Maj. Gen. Augustine Agundu, stated this on Wednesday during the burial ceremony of three soldiers that were recently killed in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area on September 6, 2018.
He said, “It is evident that there exist armed ethnic militia groups sponsored or supported by some elite and elders who deploy the misguided youths into committing the worst of heinous crimes. There is certainly no constitutional provision that allows civilians to bear firearms. But their possession has become a well sort-out vocation here in the Plateau.”
According to him, the body language of the elite and elders, their action and inaction, have emboldened the youth to maim and kill innocent passers-by at their whims and caprices.
Buratai said, “It is evident that these youths are supported by a section of the elite/elders, while they have been unable to discourage them from violence, resulting in the absence of any tangible progress towards peace.”