Buhari Orders Investigation Into Latest Benue Killings
SAN FRANCISCO, February 28, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the recent clashes between herdsmen and indigenes of communities in Benue State.
According to Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, the President was shocked at the incident, during the past week, which led to hundreds of deaths in four communities in Agatu, Benue State, and 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. 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 also expressed his 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 promised.
story by David Oputah