President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to fish out and punish politicians who, he said, are deliberately instigating violence in some states to remain relevant.
The president said this yesterday in Monguno, Borno State, where he was the Special Guest of Honour at the closing events of the 2018 Army Day celebrations.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu, the president repeated what he told Christian leaders on Thursday that a solution was being found to the deadly clashes between farmers and herdsmen and whosoever was found culpable would be brought to justice.
“There are pockets of violence in several states, some deliberately instigated by disgruntled politicians who have lost all arguments and are desperate to cause mayhem as a way of seeking relevance. We shall fish them out and punish according to the provisions of the law,” he said.
“We have worked tirelessly to ensure and preserve the dignity and sanctity of life. When I was sworn in, I promised that this administration would tackle the challenges of insecurity, poor economy and fight corruption.
“I want to use this opportunity to reassure the world, Nigerians and the families of the remaining kidnapped Chibok girls and Leah Sharebu of the Dapchi School girls that this administration will not relent in our efforts to see that they are all released. I also want to reassure all Nigerians that the issue of farmers and herdsmen clashes is being tackled and all those found culpable would be brought to justice. Let me quickly remind us at this point to always be tolerant, loving and ready to give peace a chance.”
He reiterated that no religion or culture permitted killing, and lauded the military for their efforts in maintaining peace in the northeast and beyond.