President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he received with deep sadness and regret, news of the recent killings of at least 20 people in Plateau State, during what has been described as a reprisal attack by some herdsmen.

In a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu in Abuja on Monday, he said he believed that “this madness has gone too far.”

According to the statement, he has therefore instructed the military and the police to not only bring the violence to an instant end, but to draw up a plan to ensure that there are no further attacks and reprisal attacks by one group against the other.

The statement said President Buhari was “devoted to the sanctity of Nigeria’s unity, and he encourages Nigerians of all groups to learn to live together in peace and harmony.”

He commiserated with the governor and people of Plateau State, and with those who lost their loved ones, friends and family.