By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna
British government has said it will work with the Nigerian government to address communal clashes and insecurity in parts of Kaduna and Plateau states.
British High Commissioner to Nigeria Cartriona Laing, who spoke on Tuesday in Kaduna while presenting relief materials to survivors of communal clashes and bandit attacks in Chikun Local Government, said the fragile economy of Nigeria was partly responsible for the communal clashes and some of the security challenges in Plateau and Kaduna states.
Pointing out that they once had similar security challenges in Northern Island in the United Kingdom, the British High Commissioner said their government would share experience with the Nigerian government on how to overcome the challenges.
She urged Kaduna and Plateau state governments to assist the survivors of the communal clashes and bandit attacks to fast-track the healing process.
Survivors of the communal clashes and bandit attacks shared their experience with the British High Commissioner, narrating how they were attacked, robbed and displaced from their communities, while some of them lost their loved ones.
The facilitator of the intervention tour and founder of Paramallam Peace Foundation, Gideon Paramallam, said humanity is under threat in Nigeria, adding that the situation requires the Federal Government to declare state of emergency on security.
He slammed those playing politics with security at the expense of human lives.
The envoy donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Kaduna State Government.
She said the fight against COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over.
Laing enjoined other state governments to draw inspiration from the Kaduna State Government in the fight against Coronavirus.
Receiving the PPEs on behalf of the state government, Acting Governor Dr. Hadiza Balarabe thanked the British government, assuring it that the equipment would be utilised.