President Muhammadu Buhari

BY SEGUN ADABAYO, ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday declared that Nigeria does not need another war.

The President, who stated this while reacting to the violence in Boki Local Government Area, called on the Cross River State government and the Boki local government authorities to immediately look into the crisis and take appropriate action to ensure that this unfortunate situation is resolved both in the short and long terms.

He strongly condemned the on-going violence in the Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State, which has in the past 24 hours led to a yet to be ascertained number of deaths and arson attacks.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said that so far, there have been claims and counter claims as to who re-started the killings and arson between neighbouring Nsadop and the Boje communities.

The statement said that while the origin of the mayhem is still unclear, President Buhari however notes that no dispute or grievance is worth the violent snatching away of another person’s life.

He said; “Nigerians must learn to live peacefully with each other and seek less brutish means of resolving conflicts. Our country does not need another war.”

The Presidency said that Buhari understands that our security agencies are already intervening to bring an end to the crisis.

Concerns over the age-long crisis have seen the government of Cross River State repeatedly warning the two warring communities to show restrain over their land rights’ claims that have resulted in senseless loss of lives and property in the affected areas.

In the wake of the carnage and tragic incidents that occurred on Saturday the October 23, 2010 in the area, the government had waded into the land dispute, demarcating clear boundaries in the disputed area to forestall further trespass by both sides.

Given the scale of destruction of farm crops and property as well as the needless loss of lives, especially in Nsadop, which the government then described as ‘shocking and totally unacceptable’, the Governor Ben Ayade-led administration called for a truce by inviting the warring communities’ leaders to sign a peace accord as part of measures aimed at amicable resolution of the crisis and prevention of possible recurrence 

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