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Taraba, Adamawa clashes become a concern to FG

The violent clashes happening between Jukuns and Tivs in Taraba State, and Fulani, Genjon and Bachama in Adamawa state, which has escalated to arson, injuries and deaths have become a thing of concern to the federal government.

President Muhammadu Buhari made his feelings known in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday.

According to the statement, as gathered by the Vanguard, ”Violence and bloodshed for whatever reason are unacceptable and condemnable, especially when it is coming as the nation celebrates Easter, with all the lessons of love and peace for humanity.

”Violence has not and cannot be the solution to the resolution of misunderstandings among the people. Once we abandon reason and good judgement, we are giving violence the chance to take over and make a bad situation more complicated and difficult to resolve.’’ The president maintained that the ”primary initiative for ending the violence once and for all must originate from the local actors involved in these clashes.”

Buhari, according to the report, reassured Nigerians that his administration would not rest on its oars to provide security for all. He said the government would at the same time ”engage in dialogue with local stakeholders in order to get to the root of the crises.” The president mandated a religious group involved in stitching up broken relationships between communities in Plateau State to work with security agencies in reconciling communities in Kaduna, Taraba and Adamawa states.

”The President has also directed the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA and the National Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons to scale up their efforts in bringing succour to displaced people. ”President Buhari assured that immediate intervention by the military has brought calm back to communities,” the statement quoted Buhari as saying.

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