President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the current wave of attacks on the people of Kona in Taraba State.
Many residents were displaced after armed men set houses on fire in Janibanibu village on Monday. The attackers also killed an unspecified number of people. Consequently, Darius Ishaku, state governor, imposed a curfew on the capital and other areas affected in an attempt to check the violence.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, President Buhari warned that attacks on innocent people in the name of revenge or whatever motives would not be tolerated by his administration. He said resorting to self-help is an invitation to anarchy, which in turn will make everyone unsafe.
President Buhari noted that it is difficult to build a virile nation where hate and intolerance dominate the people’s minds. He also warned that a situation where community leaders abandon their responsibilities and allow thugs to set the agenda is dangerous for peace and security in the country.
He criticised leaders who publicly preach the virtues of peace, but privately promote hate and intolerance which ultimately culminate in violent destruction of life and property. President Buhari therefore ordered security forces to end the violence immediately and decisively.