The Federal government has concluded plans to honour 83-year-old Muslim Cleric, Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar for saving the lives of over 300 Christians during the Barkin Ladi, Jos massacre in June.
This was disclosed by Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong at the opening ceremony of a three-day peace and security conference in the state.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari has invited the clergyman who opened his mosque and home for Christians to take refuge after the herdsmen attack.
”The President has told me to bring Imam Abdullahi Abubakar for a handshake which will be followed by a national honour. I was also preparing what to do for this man.
”Although he is already in his old age, God knows why he did it at that age for us to study and also know how to maintain peace, not only in Plateau State but in Nigeria in general.
”What he did not only saved the people of Barkin Ladi LGA, not only Plateau State but I think the whole of this country because 300 lives is not a small number.
.”So, Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar, only God will reward you for what you have done. We are waiting for that process of meeting the President for a handshake and national honour.
”Having a handshake with Mr President at the age of 83, I think the man will be happy, even if he is going to his grave, that something has happened in his life.”