President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned wanton killings of innocent Nigerians across the country and challenged security agencies to rise to the occasion and end this blight on the image of the country.
The president gave the directive in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Tuesday.
Buhari specifically condemned the recent attack on a market in Zaki Biam by unidentified gunmen which resulted in the loss of lives.
He commiserated with the government and people of Benue over the incident.
The President, who condemned the wicked attack, directed security agencies to begin immediate investigation with a view to bringing the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book.
While sympathising with those who lost loved ones, President Buhari also prayed that Almighty God would comfort the grieving families and grant the souls of the victims eternal rest.
“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,’’ he said.
Buhari enjoined all citizens to learn to live together in peace and brotherhood and not allow little misunderstandings to degenerate into heartless acts capable of straining the bonds of nationhood.
Some unidentified gunmen had on Monday, March 20, carried out a raid in Zaki Biam, Ukum local government area of Benue, killing scores of innocent people.