- President Miuhammadu Buhari described the killing of Christian youths in Gombe as unfortunate
- The president said citizens must refrain from taking laws into their hands
President Buhari has expressed sadness over the killing of some Christian youths during an Easter procession on Sunday in Gombe, and reprisal killing of the law enforcement officials allegedly responsible for the tragic incident.
In a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Tuesday, April 23, the president described the violent actions as “very unfortunate”.
Buhari extended condolences to the families of the victims, while wishing the injured speedy recovery.
While joining the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Gombe state chapter, and the state government in appealing for calm, the president also decried the reckless driving as well as “quick resort to self-help and mob action.”
“We must always be mindful of the peaceful action of others while resisting the urge to take the laws into our hands notwithstanding the gravity of provocation,’’ he added.
The president commended the leaderships of the police and the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for steps taken in bringing the situation under control, and promising further investigations into the sad incident.
Buhari prayed almighty God to comfort the bereaved families and grant rest to the souls of the departed victims.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that an Easter parade by a group of Christian youths in Gombe state turned bloody on Sunday, April 21 night when a security personnel with the NSCDC ran his vehicle into the procession.
At least eight of the youths were killed immediately. But the situation got worse when survivors among the youth took laws into their hands. The angry youths reportedly chased down the NSCDC official and his police officer passenger and proceeded to beat them to death at Alheri junction, Biu Road in Gombe.
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