Billiri: Nigerians have shed enough blood, says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the violence ignited by clashes between rival group over the Billiri chieftaincy title in Gombe State.

Some aggrieved women have been protesting for the past three days over what they termed as government delay tactics in declaring the next Mai Tangale since the kingmakers completed the election involving three candidates.

The protest, believed to have been hijacked by hoodlums, has escalated into attacks on property of those believed to be supporting rival candidates.
But reacting to the ugly development, President Buhari lamented Nigerians, over the years, have enough blood over issues that could have been peacefully resolved.

This was contained in a statement, titled, ‘Billiri chieftaincy tussle: President Buhari condemns violence, calls for maximum restraint to avoid escalation’ issued by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Shehu quoted the President as expressing “great shock and deep concern” over the incident.

The President said, “I’m seriously disturbed by the outbreak of violence in Gombe State and call on the parties involved to exercise maximum restraint to avoid escalation.

“The easy resort to violence is uncalled for because there are enough avenues to resolve differences amicably without threatening law and order.

“In a circle of violence, there are no winners, except losers. Muslims and Christians should avoid the temptation of resorting to violence in order 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 shouldn’t allow hoodlums destroy this positive record.”

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