President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday warned the Benue communities against falling into the hands of those who are bent on causing disunity among them.
The warning came after continuous killings in the Northern part of the country by herdsmen and reactions that followed, that the President is taking adequate step to halt the menace.
In a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari warns citizens against involvement in acts that could cause disunity in the country, while promising to see the root of the perpetrators of the killing of priests and worshippers in Benue State.
The statement reads:
DON’T PLAY INTO THE HANDS OF AGENTS OF DISUNITY, PRESIDENT BUHARI URGES BENUE PEOPLE
Repeated acts of mass killings and destruction in parts of the country and Benue State in particular, point to the evil design of enemies of peace and unity who have desperately been trying to bring the country to this sorry point: a brother killing brother, a neighbor killing a neighbor and a community attacking and killing members of another community.
The President strongly warns citizens against playing into the hands of the agents of disunity.
President Buhari says those behind the Church attack that left 18 people dead, including two Priests, did not mean well for Nigeria and peaceful coexistence.
The revenge attacks that followed in which 11 members of the Hausa communities were killed are part of the agenda of the bandits and their sponsors to turn Nigerians against one another. We must resist all temptation to fall into this laid out plan.
The President is greatly pained by this persistent violence and the total disregard for the sanctity of life by those he called “these hideously evil people who have no iota of respect for humanity, decency and civilization.”
The President reiterates that the government will not rest on its oars in its determination to fish out these barbarous mass murderers and their clandestine sponsors.
President Buhari equally assures Nigerians that measures being put in place by the government will, sooner than later, bring to an end, these extremely brutal and wanton killings.