President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over “the latest needless violent clashes” between various tribes in the country.
The Jukuns and Tivs in Taraba State and Fulani, Genjon and Bachama in Adamawa State has resulted in arson, injuries and deaths.
The President said violence and bloodshed for whatever reason are unacceptable and condemnable, especially when it is coming as the nation celebrates Easter, with all the lessons of love and peace for humanity.
He said: “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 added: “the primary initiative for ending the violence once and for all must originate from the local actors involved in these clashes.’’
He, however, mandated the religious groups which have 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.
Buhari calls on 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.
Giving words of assurance, he said 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.”