President Muhammadu Buhari has strongly condemned the killing of 11 people in Gwer West Local Government of Benue State and the reprisals on innocent people by mobs that blocked roads to unleash terror and violence.
The President also deplored the killing of 19 innocent people in Anambra State by mobs, saying that in both cases, innocent people were killed through no fault of theirs.
In a statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari says violence on innocent people by anybody and any group is unacceptable and indefensible.
The President observes that hatred and bigotry have eaten so deeply into the fabrics of some Nigerians, warning that such animalistic tendencies violate the sanctity of life.
President Buhari warns that if Nigerians allow the culture of violence to go unchecked, such mobs would destroy the foundation upon which law and order was built.
The President urges leaders of ethnic and religious groups to play their roles constructively in controlling their followers or members, in order to support the government’s efforts for sustainable peace.
President Buhari cautions Nigerians against the temptations of taking the law into their hands in the name of revenge, noting that there are no winners in the cycle of violence.
The President sends his commiserations to the families of the bereaved and the governments and people of Benue and Anambra States.
He also commends the police and other law enforcement agencies for their prompt response in averting the escalation of the violence, urging them to put in every effort to apprehend perpetrators of the heinous attacks.