By Suleiman Adamu
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the recent violence in Kaduna State, which led to the death of 20 members of the Adara community.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari explains it away thus: “these unfortunate deaths are the latest incident between the Adara and Fulani peoples in the state, who have a long history of mistrust between themselves”.
Buhari has characterized Rivers killings which are fewer as “the resurgence of cultist killings in Rivers State” which he has condemned and ordered for an increased community and law enforcement action against its escalation.
For Kaduna, the President appealed for peace and decried what he described as the “on-going culture of ‘an eye for an eye’ that has fuelled a number of attacks and reprisal attacks, with the two communities at different times, suffering casualties in Kajuru and Kachia local governments in Kaduna States”.
The President also appealed to 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 conflict. Such comments, he said can fuel further conflict in the area and between the two groups.
President Buhari made a special appeal to traditional and religious leaders to be cautious with their comments on the conflict, insisting that whatever words they share publicly should not be inflammatory but be inspired by an interest in peace.
But, a lot of commentators are asking if there can be peace without justice.
President Buhari condoled with those who lost loved ones in the attacks: “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 loss of lives in Rivers State, President Buhari attributed them to the resurgence of cult related activities and called on law enforcement agencies to intensify their efforts to end the ‘menace’ before it further escalates.
“The President urges quick and effective intervention by community and civic leaders in support of law enforcement efforts, in all such areas bedeviled by cultist attacks and inter-communal violence”, the statement concluded.