Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that killing under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari was getting out of hand.
Obasanjo said there were such challenges during his eight-year reign as president, but not the magnitude it has assumed now.
Obasanjo, who spoke on Wednesday when he paid a condolence visit to Governor Simon Lalong in Jos, said the time to find the root cause of the problem was now.
He said: “Even in my time, we had problems but not in this magnitude.
“We thought we were dealing with them as of that time but the earlier we deal with it, the better.
“I believe we can find solutions, we must find solutions.
“I’m here (in Jos) to express my condolences.
“What happened is very sad that in this day and age, this type of barbaric act is taking place in our country.
“I have suggested and I will say it again that we should find out the root cause of this problem and deal with it.
“There must be the remote and immediate cause.
“If we deal with it, we are not going to be multiplying condolence visits.
“I believe that any human problem has human solutions.
“I do hope and plead with the government at the federal level, those of you in states and even local government level, to join hands even at the community level to find the causes and deal with them permanently.
“We offer our condolences to the bereaved families.
“All we can say is that God knows the best.”
Lalong appreciated Obasanjo for the visit, saying that a phone call would have been okay.
He said: “Insecurity is not new to me.
“We thought we could handle it.
“When we came in, we quickly put up a team, including Berom and Fulani.
“They came out with a road map to proffer solutions.
“We adopted the recommendations and have implemented some and was in the process of implementing the remaining ones.
“We have done our best, we have learnt our lessons.
“We will be very firm.”