Benue massacre: Buhari says bloodshed cannot solve any problem

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Abuja, Nigeria, 16 March 2015: The APC Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) had deplored the frequent resort to violence to deal with perceived grievances by the people.

Reacting to the incident at Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, where dozens, mainly women and children were killed in cold blood by suspected herdsmen, the APC Presidential said in a statement in Abuja on Monday that the resort to violence in whatever form is not acceptable and justifiable, no matter the grievances.

Mallam Garba Shehu, Director of Media and Publicity of APCPCO quoted General Buhari as deeply saddened that the cordial relationships that once existed between and among the people have been replaced by intolerance and hate.

According to the statement, leadership is the key to dealing with frequent communal clashes between Fulanis and Benue communities over disputes about farmlands and grazing lands.

Shehu said political leaders should be able to build trust among the people as the basis for dialogue adding that “if the people can no longer listen to their leaders, such crises might persist and make life more miserable for the people.”

While condoling the families of the of the latest victims of violence in Benue State, the APCPCO called on all politicians regardless of partisan divide, to unite and speak with one voice over these embarrassing incidents.

According to Shehu, the interested parties should recognise the rights of each other and be able to make compromises for the sake of peace.

He explained that confidence building is the only approach the people that could bring the people together for dialogue at the negotiation table, adding that “in moments of tensions, leaders should rise to the occasion and be part of the solution.”

The APC Campaign advised Nigerians to stop killing one another when they face the basic challenges of survival facing their lives including insecurity, unemployment, hunger, disease and poor governance caused by corruption and other manifestations of bad leadership.

Signed:

Garba Shehu

Directorate of Media and Publicity

APC Presidential Campaign Organisation

Plot 781 Herbert Macaulay Way

Central Area

Abuja.

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