By Lawrence Audu
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the government would no longer tolerate attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen and other bandits on innocent citizens.
Speaking Tuesday in Lafia while on an official visit to Nasarawa state, President Buhari frowned at what he described as “unwarranted killing of innocent citizens’’.
He said the government was working hard to instil peace and stability and enjoined Nigerians to resist the temptation of engaging in reprisals.
He sympathised with victims of the attacks and urged them not to engage in reprisals.
He reassured the people of North Central that the Federal Government had put in place, adequate measures, to end the crisis and maintain law and order.
“I also want to assure the people of the north-central and indeed all Nigerians that the federal government is working day night to ensure peace and stability returns.
“We have deployed additional resources to all the affected areas to maintain law and order.
“I appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from reprisal attacks. The security agencies have standing order to arrest and prosecute any and all persons found with illegal arms
“I will once again express my condolences and sympathy to all the affected victims of these barbaric acts,’’ he said.
It would be recalled that such barbaric killings took place on Jan. 1 where suspected herders attacked villages in Logo and Guma local government areas of Benue with over 73 people murdered.
The president was received by the state governor, Tanko Al-Makura; Plateau State governor, Mr. Simon Lalong; and Deputy Governor of Benue state Engr Benson Abounu and other dignitaries.
Some of the projects to be commissioned are Lafia Comprehensive Special School; Comprehensive Primary Healthcare Centre in Kwandere; Muhammadu Buhari International market, Karu.