President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness at the latest killings in some northern states such as Adamawa and Taraba.
In a statement released by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu on Saturday, April 20, the Nigerian leader described the latest attacks as ‘needless violence’.
According to the statement, which was also tweeted by Shehu, President Buhari said violence and bloodshed for whatever reason is unacceptable and condemnable, especially when it is coming as the nation celebrates Easter, with all the lessons of love and peace for humanity.
The statement quoted him as saying that “violence has not and cannot be the solution to the resolution of misunderstandings among the people.
“Once we abandon reason and good judgement, we are giving violence the chance to take over and make a bad situation more complicated and difficult to resolve.’’
He noted that “the primary initiative for ending violence once and for all must originate from the local actors involved in these clashes.’’
The President has mandated a religious group which has successfully been stitching up broken relationships between several communities in Plateau State to work with security agencies to take up the challenges of reconciling the communities in Kaduna, Taraba and Adamawa States.
The President has also directed the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA and the National Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons to scale up their efforts in bringing succour to displaced people.
President Buhari assured that immediate intervention by the military has brought calm back to communities, and “the government will not rest on its oars to provide security for all Nigerians, and will at the same time engage in dialogue with local stakeholders in order to get to the root of the crises.”
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that at least 22 people were feared dead in the fresh attacks between Jukun and Tiv communities in Wukari local government area in Taraba state.
Legit.ng noted that the two ethnic groups have been at war for the past three weeks which has led to the loss of several lives and property.
Eyewitnesses said Tiv armed men invaded suburbs in Wukari around 7am on Friday, April 18.
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