President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned “the latest needless violent clashes between Jukuns and Tivs in Taraba State and Fulani, Genjon and Bachama in Adamawa State, resulting in arson, injuries and deaths.”
”Violence and bloodshed for whatever reason are unacceptable and condemnable, especially when it is coming as the nation celebrates Easter, with all the lessons of love and peace for humanity,” he said.
”Violence has not and cannot be the solution to the resolution of misunderstandings among the people.
“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 also noted that the ”primary initiative for ending the violence once and for all must originate from the local actors involved in these clashes.”
He said the 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 restoring the 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.”