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Billiri violence: Buhari calls for calm, restraint

Published by The Nation on Mon, 22 Feb 2021


By Bolaji Ogundele, AbujaPresident Muhammadu Buhari has expressed great shock and deep concern over the eruption of violence in Gombe State arising from the Billiri chieftaincy tussle.According to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President appealed to both sides to sheath their swords.President Buhari said: Im seriously disturbed by the outbreak of violence in Gombe State and call on the parties involved to exercise maximum restraint to avoid escalation.Read Also: Billiri stool: Three killed as Gov Yahaya blows hotAccording to the President, the easy resort to violence is uncalled for because there are enough avenues to resolve differences amicably without threatening law and order.He noted that in a circle of violence, there are no winners, except losers.He advised Muslims and Christians to avoid the temptation of resorting to violence to express their grievances.Nigerians have shed enough blood over issues that could have been peacefully resolved.I appeal to the two parties to sheathe their swords for the sake of peaceful coexistence.Gombe has enjoyed relative religious harmony for decades and you shouldnt allow hoodlums destroy this positive record, President Buhari said.
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