Buhari promises tough response to wild killings in south east


By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned perpetrators behind the killings in the South east region of the country “to expect tough response from the security forces.”

According to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president condemned in strong terms the killings, which he described as “wild, barbarous and wanton killings of innocent people” in the South-East as well as the other parts of the country, saying it is “deeply distressing.”.

The Presidency also cautioned against any knee-jerk reactions, the creation of panic, disruption of lives and livelihoods, or even retaliatory violence following the viral videos of the alleged killings of non-indigenes by the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and its mother terrorist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

While expert agencies are now verifying the factuality and veracity of the claims that accompany the horrid pictures being circulated, we call on all citizens to avoid hasty steps or conclusions that could exacerbate the situation, and on the contrary keep to a line of conduct that will help the law to take its proper course.

The Presidency also cautioned the public against the indiscriminate sharing of posts on social media so as to deny vested interests who seek to divide us and create disturbance the chance to do so, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu stated on Wednesday in Abuja.

In the same vein, the Christian Association of Nigeria on Wednesday asked the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra to stop criminalities and killings under the pretext of fighting for independence.

The Christian body made the demand in a statement signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant to the CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle.

CAN also demands justice for the victims while calling on security agencies to fish out those responsible for the wicked act in order to stop the senseless killings in the country.