President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Kaduna vowed to deal decisively with the perpetrators of recent violence in Kaduna that claimed over 60 lives.
The president also said the federal government would consider payment of compensation to the victims of the 2011 post-election violence, having been told by the state Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, that the issue was part of the cause of the recent violence.
He said, “The federal government will take strongest measures possible to punish perpetrators of these crimes.”
“If, in the past they got away scot free, we shall now hold everyone to account for these latest killings. Let it be clear to all that individuals and communities have obligations to comply with the law and uphold peace.”
These obligations, according to the president, “include respecting the rights of others to live wherever they choose; to worship freely and to pursue lawful livelihoods anywhere in this country,” adding, “these are constitutional and human rights that we as a government and people must uphold and defend.”
Buhari expressed sadness over the loss of lives and property during these tragic incidents in the state, saying it was unacceptable that criminal elements could visit on citizens the wanton killings recorded in the Kasuwan Magani incident of October 18, 2018 and the unrest around Kaduna metropolis a few days later.
Buhari also commiserated with the government and people of the state over the killing of a traditional ruler, the Agom Adara, Mr. Maiwada Raphael Galadima, who was killed by his abductors after collecting a N10 million ransom.
He assured the people that the federal government would continue to work to ensure that more security assets were recruited and deployed across the country to protect all citizens going about their lawful business and to reinforce the authority of the government.
He commended the efforts of the Kaduna State Government in responding to, and managing the crisis.
“It is my earnest appeal to all who call Kaduna home to do their best to uphold peace in their respective communities. Chaos and anarchy tend to worsen and exacerbate whatever issues are agitating a community,” the president said.
According to him, violence shatters and divides people and stifles the prospect of any community that succumbs to its tragic logic.
The president said the federal government was doing its best to develop human capital and address poverty and inequality in all parts of the country.