President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday condemned the violence in Kaduna State, which led to the death of 20 members of the Adara community.
Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, also condemned the resurgence of cultist killings in Rivers State. He ordered for increased community and law enforcement action against its escalation.
He appealed for peace and decries the on-going culture of ‘an eye for an eye’ that has fueled a number of attacks and reprisal attacks, with the two communities at different times in Kajuru and Kachia local governments in Kaduna States.
The President also urged the indigenes of Kaduna and other Nigerians to refrain from comments in the traditional and social media, especially by people who have little knowledge of the history of the longstanding conflict. Such comments, he says, can lead further conflict in the area and between the two groups.
He made a special appeal to traditional and religious leaders to be cautious with their comments on the conflict, insisting that whatever words they share publicly should not be inflammatory but be inspired by an interest in peace.
President Buhari condoled with those who lost loved ones in the attacks: “The entire nation grieves with you. The Nigerian army and police are already in the area to ensure that peace and security are restored.”
On the resurgence of cultism leading to loss of lives in Rivers State, President Buhari called on law enforcement agencies to intensify their efforts to end the menace before it further escalates.
He urged quick and effective intervention by community and civic leaders in support of law enforcement efforts, in all such areas bedeviled by cultist attacks and inter-communal violence.