Pmb Decries Wanton Killings, Summons Service Chiefs


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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday condemned what he described as wanton killings, destruction of lives and property across the country.
Accordingly, he ordered security and law enforcement agencies to rise to the occasion in stemming the tide of the growing spate of killings,
Categorically, the president observed that the country seemed to have lost value for human life, which he said is so sacred that nobody has the right to unjustly and unlawfully take recklessly.
Buhari was reacting to the latest massacre on Monday in Zaki Biam, Ukum local government area of Benue State where unknown gunmen killed  over 50 persons, including women and children.
Apparently in a bid to stop this ugly trend, the president yesterday met with the Chief of Air staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique and the Chief of Army staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai at the presidential villa, Abuja.
The spate of killings had become a recurrent decimal in the country of recent. Just last week, 46 people were also killed in some parts of Ile-Ife, Osun State during a communal clash between Hausas and Yorubas.
In a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, President Buhari decried the wanton killings in the country, saying security and law enforcement agencies must end the gory trend which is becoming a blight on the image of the country.
“We must condemn inhuman and unnecessary shedding of human blood all over the country. We seem to have lost value for human life, which is sacred. Man is the glory of God’s creation and nobody has the right to unjustly and unlawfully take another person’s life in a reckless manner,” Buhari said.
The president enjoined all citizens to learn to live together in peace and brotherhood and not allow little misunderstandings to degenerate into heartless acts that are capable of straining the bonds of nationhood.
He commiserated with the government and people of Benue State on the recent attack on a market in Zaki Biam by some unknown gunmen which resulted in the loss of lives.
Adesina said, “The President condemned the wicked attack and directs security agencies to begin immediate investigation with a view to bringing the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book.
“President Buhari, while sympathising with those who lost loved ones, also prays that Almighty God will comfort the grieving families and grant the souls of the victim’s eternal rest.”
Meanwhile, President Buhari yesterday met with the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique and Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Buratai assured that the military will continue to do all it can to defend the territorial integrity of the country.
He said, “I visited the commander-in-chief to update him on the security situation that the army is involved in and defending the territorial integrity of the country, the welfare of the troops and the state of our general administration. Basically, that is why I came.
“The president is happy with the Nigerian army and the military. We will continue to do our work to defend the constitution of this country and we assured him of our absolute loyalty and that we’ll ensure we discharge our constitutional responsibility.”
On his part, the Chief of Air Staff said he came to brief the president on the happenings in the airforce.
He also assured that the airforce was doing all within its powers to secure the country so that all Nigerians can go about their normal businesses in peace.
Sadique said, “It is just a routine meeting. I came to brief the president on what is happening in the airforce. He is the commander in chief and he has the right to meet with his service chiefs.
“For us in the airforce and for all the service, we are really doing everything humanly possible to ensure that our society is secure and our communities are stable so that people can go about pursuing their legitimate aspirations without any fear. That is the purpose for which the airforce is established.
“That is why we are working to ensure that we do everything humanly possible to create such an enabling environment because without security you cannot think of development. You are very familiar with the relationship between security and development and we are working round the clock to ensure that we provide the  enabling environment for development.”

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