President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the actors in the communal and persistent violence in Kaduna State to come to terms with the fact that mutual violence has no winners, but losers on both sides of the conflict.
In a statement released by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, President Buhari said he is “deeply troubled by the fact that sanctity of life is now treated with such reckless disregard that people derive joy in shedding the blood of others or perceived enemies.”
He said, “inhumanity has replaced compassion in the hearts and minds of the perpetrators of these atrocities. No responsible leader would go to bed happy to see his citizens savagely killing one another on account of ethnic and religious bigotry.”
He added that violence cannot be the solution to the persistent conflict, “as long as people resort to deliberate provocations, revenge, and counter-revenge.” He said that while the government remains committed to protecting citizens, “the communities involved must also put their shoulder to the wheel in order to find a lasting solution.”
He also noted that “lack of cooperation by those involved might frustrate the government’s efforts towards finding a lasting solution, especially if those efforts are politicized.”
“If the people resist the government’s efforts to hold the perpetrators and their sponsors accountable, it would be very difficult to bring the violence to a permanent end,” he said.
President Buhari bemoaned that “everything is politicized in Nigeria, including the efforts to bring offenders to justice, because their people will rise up in arms to resist their arrests and prosecution.”
He appealed to the warring communities to stop inhibiting efforts by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to deliver food, medicine and temporary shelter to the victims of the violence who are in urgent need of assistance.