Buhari reacts to killing in Kaduna, Rivers

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President Muhammadu Buhari has
condemned the violence in Adara community
in Kaduna State which claimed the lives of
20 members of the community.
In a statement signed and forwarded to
DAILY POST by his media aide, Garba Shehu,
Buhari said: “These unfortunate deaths are
the latest incident between the Adara and
Fulani peoples in the state, who have a long
history of mistrust between themselves.”
Buhari appealed for peace and decried the
ongoing culture of, “an eye for an eye,” that
has fuelled a number of attacks and reprisal
attacks, with the two communities at
different times, suffering casualties in
Kajuru and Kachia local governments in the
state.
He urged indigenes of the state 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 fuel further conflict
in the area and between the two groups.”
President Buhari especially appealed 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.”
He also condemned the resurgence of cultist
killings in Rivers State and ordered for
increased community and law enforcement
action against its escalation.
Buhari condoled with those who lost loved
ones in the attacks, saying: “The entire
nation grieves with you. The Nigerian army
and police are already in the area to ensure
that peace and security are restored.”
In response to reports of 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.
The President called for quick and effective
intervention by the community and civic
leaders in support of law enforcement
efforts, in all such areas bedevilled by cultist
attacks and inter-communal violence.

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