Killings: Buhari cautions against self-help
President Muhammadu Buhari has cautioned Nigerians against resorting to self-help, saying that killing people in the name of revenge is not acceptable.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports President Buhari was reacting to the latest round of attacks on farmers in Damkal and Tsanwa villages in Batsari local government area of Katsina state, when he said this.
A statement issued on Sunday by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, quotes Buhari as saying no one in the country has a right to take laws into their hands by the way of self-help.
However, he condemned the latest round of attacks by the bandits, in which many homesteads were razed by fire with many people killed at weekend.
Reacting to the incident, the Buhari warned that “no one in the country has a right to take laws into his hands by the way of self-help or revenge. Local communities that catch bandits should hand over the suspects to law enforcement authorities instead of meting out capital punishment, leading to a cycle of revenge and counter revenge”.
He urged community leaders and the local authorities to continue their efforts in partnership with law enforcement agencies that bring the surrender of bandits, leading to peace between farmers and herders.
“The authorities must be allowed to investigate and deal with any breach that occurs. There is no place for violence in a decent society,” said Buhari.