The All progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate retired General Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the Benue killings which took place on Sunday morning saying bloodshed is never a solution to any problem.
Buhari was reacting to the incident at Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, where dozens, mainly women and children were killed in cold blood by herders on Sunday.
A statement by his campaign media and publicity director Malam Garba Shehu on Monday quoted the APC flag bearer saying the resort to violence in whatever form is not acceptable and justifiable, no matter the grievances.
Buhari said he was deeply saddened that the cordial relationships that once existed between and among the people have been replaced by intolerance and hate.
He said leadership is the key to dealing with frequent communal clashes between herders 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, Buhari called on all politicians regardless of partisan divide, to unite and speak with one voice over the embarrassing incidents.
He said 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 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 flag bearer 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.
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