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Christian body urges Buhari to end massacres

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A member of the security forces stands next to a burnt out vehicle in the Nghar Village, near Jos on June 27, 2018, after Fulani herdsmen attacked the village. Plateau State in Nigeria has seen days of violence where more than 200 people have been killed in clashes between Berom farmers and Fulani herders, Nigeria is facing an escalation in clashes between farmers and Fulani herders over land use and resources that is deepening along religious and ethnic lines. STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP

A non-denominational organisation, Christian Conscience, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to act decisively in containing the orgy of killings in the country, describing the mayhem and destruction of property nationwide as unnecessary.

In a statement yesterday in Lagos by its National Chairman, Elder Enock Ajiboso, the group decried the lingering herders’ attacks in Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa and other parts of the federation. It equally regretted the kidnapping and politically-motivated violence in the land.

The organisation reiterated that a nation could only achieve peaceful co-existence and sustainable economic development in an atmosphere devoid of rancour for the dividends of democracy to trickle down to the citizens.

Describing the killings as avoidable, Ajiboso contended that if necessary steps were taken, including right intelligence gathering and proactive measures, the challenge could have been nipped in the bud.

“When farmers are disturbed from producing agricultural produce due to insecurity and government at all levels is not protecting them, the ultimate result will be shortage of locally produced products as well as unnecessary importation of food items that could easily be grown here, the group added.

On the way forward, the organisation called on the Federal Government to step up efforts in checking the prevailing insecurity.

While commending the government on efforts to curb corrupt tendencies in the polity, the body, however, urged the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to make the anti-graft war holistic.

It also lauded the developmental efforts of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in Lagos State.


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