Buhari orders security forces to end Taraba killings

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President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday directed security forces to put an end to the Taraba killings, even as he condemned the current attacks on the people of Kona in the state.

The President warned that attacks on innocent people in the name of revenge or whatever motives would not be tolerated by the government.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari declared that: “No group of people has the right to surround innocent people and unleash murderous violence on them.”

He said resorting to self-help is an invitation to anarchy which in turn will make everyone unsafe.

President Buhari noted that in a cycle of violence characterised by revenge and counter-revenge, there are no winners.

The President decried the state of permanent hostilities, adding that “people undermine not only law and order, but also their own ability to conduct their everyday businesses in peace.”

“I always wonder how people can conduct their businesses in the absence of peace and tranquillity because violence ruins everything and leaves the people worse off,” he stressed.

“It is difficult to build a virile nation where hate and intolerance dominate the people’s minds. It’s easier to destroy than to build. People should count the economic costs of this violence to their own lives,” he noted.

The President warned that a situation where community leaders abandon their responsibilities and allow thugs to set the agenda is dangerous for peace and security in the country.

He criticised leaders who publicly preach the virtues of peace, but privately promote hate and intolerance which ultimately culminate in violent destruction of life and property.


Tony Ailemen, Abuja

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