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Buhari responds to killings in Kaduna and Rivers

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the recent violence in Kaduna State, which has led to the deaths of 20 members of the Adara community.

  • The President also condemned the resurgence of cultist killings in Rivers State and has ordered for increased community and law enforcement action against its escalation.

Backstory: The President’s response to both incidents were contained in a press statement released on Tuesday by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.

According to Shehu, Buhari has appealed for peace and has criticized the on-going culture of ‘an eye for an eye’ which he claims has fuelled a number of attacks and reprisals across Kajuru and Kachia local governments in Kaduna States.

The president appealed to the indigenes of Kaduna and other Nigerians to refrain from comments in the traditional and social media, especially by people who have little knowledge of the history of the longstanding conflicts in the affected communities.

The President condoled those who lost loved ones in the attacks saying: “The entire nation grieves with you. The Nigerian army and police are already in the area to ensure that peace and security are restored.”

In response to reports of the resurgence of cultism leading to loss of lives in Rivers State, President Buhari called on law enforcement agencies to intensify their efforts to end the menace before it escalates.

He urged for quick and effective intervention by community and civic leaders in support of law enforcement efforts, in all areas riddled by cultist attacks and inter-communal violence.

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