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Buhari: I’ll prosecute perpetrators of Rivers, Kaduna killings

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Buhari: I’ll prosecute perpetrators of Rivers, Kaduna killings

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate investigation of killings in both Rivers and Kaduna states on New Year day.

The president, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, expressed shock and outrage at reports of the killings in Omoku, Rivers State and a traditional ruler, the Etum Numana, Dr. Gambo Makama, and his wife in Sango Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The president, who described the incidents as “reprehensible and unacceptable,” directed law enforcement agencies in both states to intensify their current efforts in order to speedily bring the perpetrators to face the wrath of the law. “I have always maintained that nothing justifies the taking of the life of an innocent person.

People in our communities must learn to live peacefully,” he said. Buhari appealed to the communities affected not to embark on reprisals, but allow the security agencies to carry out comprehensive investigations to properly punish the culprits.

He commiserated with the families of the victims and wished the injured faster recovery. Meanwhile, the president has assured that the Federal Government will investigate and bring to book all perpetrators of mayhem across the country.

He stated this yesterday at separate meetings with the Qadiriyya Muslim Movement in Africa and the Izalatul-Bid’a-Wa- Iqamatus- Sunnah at the Presidential Villa, Abuja,  said that no religion or civilised culture tolerates violence, especially the taking of another life. Buhari said anyone or group of persons who unleash violence on the innocent in the name of a movement, cause or religion lack understanding of the ordinances of God.

His words: “You can’t kill to please God. I know no religion tolerates the taking of another person’s life in the name of a religious movement. “There is never a justification for killing any member of the society. We have been tackling the Boko Haram menace and we have made significant impact and we will extend the measures to stop wanton killings.”

The president said the security apparatus will be consistently reviewed to check threats to the peaceful co-existence of all Nigerians and ensure the safety of lives and properties.

Buhari told the delegation that his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), campaigned on three issues, noting that his government had been consistent in ensuring that it provides adequate security, fight corruption and stimulate the economy for creation of jobs. “Our priority is to also ensure that everyone in the country has something to eat. We are really concerned about the underprivileged.

“Graciously, God has been hearing our prayers. In the past two years, we have had bountiful harvest due to favourable conditions. All over the country, we have reports of farmers posting good harvests,” he said. On corruption, the president said security agencies will continue to expand their dragnets to ensure that sanity is restored into public offices.

“Justice will be done to all in the war against corruption. As religious leaders, I urge you to reach backwards to your followers to respect the rights of others. Those that stole from the public can no longer sleep well in the country today. When they run abroad, they cannot take their landed assets with them. We will, in all cases, have them return what they looted,” he added.

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