- President Buhari is unhappy about reports of sectional groups promoting violence in some parts of the country
- The Nigerian leader disclosed the steps his administration is taking to prevent violent clashes
- Buhari explained to religious leaders how they can promote peace in communities
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Nigerians to avoid stoking violence through ethnic hatred.
The Nigerian leader gave the warning in a statement issued by a presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu via Facebook on Sunday, February 14.
According to the statement, the president’s warning was in reaction to reports of the breakout of violence in some parts of the country by some ethnic and sectional groups.
Buhari stated that his administration will not allow any ethnic or religious group to stoke up hatred and violence against other groups.
The president condemned such violence and gave the assurance that his government will act decisively to stop the spread of any such violence.
The statement partly read:
He appealed to religious and traditional leaders as well governors and other elected leaders across the country to join hands with the Federal Government to ensure that communities in their domain are not splintered along ethnic and other primordial lines.''
Meanwhile, following the clash between Yoruba and Hausa residents in Shasha community, Akinyele local government area of Ibadan, the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state to investigate the incident.
The group made this known in a statement at the weekend, by its publicity secretary, Barrister Yinka Oguntimehin, and sighted by Legit.ng.
According to the OPC publicity scribe, an investigation needs to be carried out so as to bring the culprits to book and also forestall further crisis.
In a related report, Seyi Makinde, the governor of Oyo state visited Shasha community where the clashes between Yoruba and Hausa residents occurred.
Makinde visited the area alongside Governor Akeredolu of Ondo state on Sunday, February 14, to promote peaceful co-existence among the Yoruba and Hausa ethnic groups.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.