President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the violence in Kogi State on Thursday that led to the murder of 19 persons, saying there was no excuse or justification for the act.
The President said this in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, on Friday.
Unidentified gunmen stormed Tawari community in the Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State on Thursday, shooting sporadically and burning down buildings.
Among those killed were Zakari Salihu, the Chief Imam of the village; and Ibrahim Simbabi, Tawari Ward Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The buildings touched by the hoodlums include the palace of the traditional ruler of the community – Aguma of Tawari, Idris Yusuf Tawari; and the oldest clinic established by the missionaries in the colonial era.
President Buhari stated that such actions will only escalate tension and violence in such areas.
“There is no excuse or justification for killing innocent people by anybody or group, and for whatever motive.
“The killings and revenge killings will only aggravate the cycle of violence, creating neither safety nor security for any side,” the statement read.
He warned Nigerians against resorting to violence in a bid to resolve disputes but to do so in accordance with the laws of the land.
The statement read: “People should avoid taking the law into their own hands because doing so could make a bad situation worse and undermine the government’s efforts to tackle security challenges.
“I am gravely worried about frequency and temptation of using violence to settle disputes instead of following lawful and amicable means to avoid needless destruction of lives and property.”