President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of 11 people in Benue State’s Gwer West Local Government, as well as the retaliation against innocent people by mobs who blocked roads in order to spread fear and murder.
“I totally condemn this latest unprovoked violence and counter-attacks on innocent people that had nothing to do with the cause of the violence,” the President said in a statement signed by Garba Shehu and made available to newsmen on Tuesday.
President Buhari also decried the killing of innocent citizens in Anambra State by mobs, saying that “in both cases innocent people were killed through no fault of theirs.”
“Violence on innocent people by anybody and any group is unacceptable and indefensible.
“Hate and bigotry have eaten so deeply and violates the sanctity of life. If we allow this culture of violence to go unchecked, such mobs would destroy law and order,” he says.
The President urged leaders of ethnic and religious groups “to play their own roles constructively in controlling their followers or members, in order to support the government’s efforts for sustainable peace.”
The president also warned Nigerians against the “temptations of taking the law into their hands in the name of revenge because there are no winners in the cycle of violence, only losers.”
The President expressed his condolences to the bereaved families, as well as the governments and citizens of Benue and Anambra States.
He also praised the police and other law enforcement authorities for acting quickly to prevent the violence from spiraling out of control, encouraging them to make every effort to arrest the perpetrators of the horrific attacks.