President Muhammadu Buhari has given marching orders to security agencies in the country to immediately end the violence ravaging Taraba State.
The president gave the order in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in which he condemned the attacks on the people of Kona in the state.
According to President Buhari, attacks on innocent people in the name of revenge or whatever motives, would not be tolerated by the government.
He said: “No group of people has the right to surround innocent people and unleash murderous violence on them”, adding that resorting to self-help is an invitation to anarchy which in turn will make everyone unsafe.
The president, who noted that in a cycle of violence, characterised by revenge and counter-revenge, there were no winners, insisted that in a state of permanent hostilities, people undermined not only the law and order but also their own ability to conduct their everyday businesses in peace.
“I always wonder how people can conduct their businesses in the absence of peace and tranquility because violence ruins everything and leaves the people worse off.
“It is difficult to build a virile nation where hate and intolerance dominate people’s minds. It is easier to destroy than to build. People should count the economic costs of this violence to their own lives.”