Buhari Reacts To Taraba, Adamawa Clashes

By Ikenga Chronicles April 21, 2019

Buhari Reacts To Taraba, Adamawa Clashes

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the recent violent clashes between the Jukuns and Tivs in Taraba State, as well as the Fulani, Genjon and Bachama in Adamawa resulting in arson, injuries and deaths.

The President in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, said “Violence has not and cannot be the solution to the resolution of misunderstandings among the people.”

He said: “Violence and bloodshed for whatever reason is unacceptable and condemnable, especially when it is coming as the nation celebrates Easter, with all the lessons of love and peace for humanity.

“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.’’

Buhari maintained that the “primary initiative for ending violence once and for all must originate from the local actors involved in these clashes.”

He also reassured Nigerians that his administration would not rest on its oars to provide security for all. He said government would at the same time “engage in dialogue with local stakeholders in order to get to the root of the crises.”

The President mandated a religious group involved in stitching up broken relationships between communities in Plateau State to work with security agencies in reconciling communities in Kaduna, Taraba and Adamawa states.

“The President has also directed 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.

“President Buhari assured that immediate intervention by the military has brought calm back to communities,” the statement quoted Buhari as saying.