Buhari shocked by Benue killings, orders investigation

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock at the wanton destruction and deaths occasioned by the clashes between herdsmen and indigenes of communities in Benue State.

Buhari has also directed investigation into the latest of such incidents which occurred during the past week and resulted in deaths of hundreds of persons in four communities in Agatu, Benue State.

He ordered security agencies to get to the root causes of the problem.

“We will conduct an investigation to know exactly what happened; the only way to bring an end to the violence once and for all is to look beyond one incident and ascertain exactly what factors are behind the conflicts,” he said.

He added that all Nigerians must learn to live together as one, in peace and unity.

“We are all one nation and one people,” he said, adding: “There should not be any reason why Nigerians of any group or tongue cannot now reside with one another wherever they find themselves after decades of living together.”

The President further expressed condolences to the government and people of Benue State, particularly the people of the Agatu communities, assuring them that the government would do everything possible to ensure that no such incident ever occurred in their midst again.

“Once the investigations are concluded, we will act immediately to address the root of the problem,” he said.



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