President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the continued killings in Kaduna State and polarization of efforts by the government to find solution to the communal conflicts in the State.
Reacting to the endless carnage in Kaduna State on Saturday, President Buhari said: “I am deeply troubled by the fact that sanctify of life is now treated with such reckless disregard that people derive joy in shedding the blood of others or perceived enemies.”
The President regretted that “everything is politicized in Nigeria, including the efforts to bring offenders to justice, because their people will rise up in arms to resist their arrests and prosecution.”
Describing hate, bigotry and prejudice as “deadly poisons that have infected the human psyche on such scale that people now don’t have any moral inhibitions about taking life,” the President reminded the warring sides that mutual violence has no winners, but losers on both sides of the conflict.
The President regretted that inhumanity has replaced compassion in the hearts and minds of the perpetrators of these atrocities, even as he stressed that no responsible leader would go to bed happy to see his citizens savagely killing one another on account of ethnic and religious bigotry.
According to President Buhari, violence cannot be the solution to these persistent conflicts as long as people resort to deliberate provocations, revenge and counter revenge.
“While the government remains committed to protecting its citizens, the communities involved must also put their shoulder to the wheel in order to find a lasting solution.”
He blamed lack of cooperation by those involved as frustrating government’s efforts towards finding a lasting solution, especially if those efforts are politicized.
“If the people resist government’s efforts to hold the perpetrators and their sponsors accountable, it would be very difficult to bring the violence to a permanent end.”
The President also appealed to the warring communities to stop inhibiting the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA’s efforts to deliver food, medicines and temporary shelter to the victims of the violence who are in urgent need of assistance.