Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

national

Presidency finally issues statement on Jos, attacks IPOB, downplays Fulani herdsmen attacks

The presidency has finally spoken on the Plateau State crisis through a press release signed by Garba Shehu. In the press release titled, “Give Peace A Chance, President Buhari Pleads With Jos, Other Warring Communities,” the presidency said the administration is on top of the events and moving ahead with force to crush the perpetrators of recent incidents of unrest in Plateau State.

The presidency went further to advise that to achieve success, our communities must unite against these horrific attacks as retributive violence is not the answer.

Garba Shehu’s presidency write up also advised community, religious, and traditional leaders against propagation of violence and incitement of violence.

‘”Attempts to simplify the reasons into a basic narrative may help raise donor-dollars for international NGOs, fill pages of overseas newspapers, and burnish foreign politicians’ faith credentials; but this does not increase understanding, nor offer solutions. If anything, simplistic theorizing and finger-pointing make the situation worse.” The presidency intoned.

“It is important both for Nigerians and the international community to appreciate that there are a multitude of factors attendant to these troubles.

“There is the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorism, as well as the spate of kidnappings for ransom, transformed by some misinformed global media into a Muslim-on-Christian threat. Yet, in reality, there are no religious connotations at all when the primary purpose of these acts is to extract money.”

When the presidency tried to distance religion from the crisis, it also did not forget to take a swipe at IPOB that it proscribed as terrorist organisation.

“Then, further afield in the South-east, IPOB are not struggling for freedom when they attack police stations and property, but rather committing acts of terrorism in order to steal money. IPOB is not defending Christians – as their highly-paid foreign lobbyists claim – when almost every citizen of those states they terrorize is uniformly Christian. Yet mistakenly, and because the lobbyists for IPOB have duped them, some misguided foreign media and politicians believe so.”

READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE BELOW.

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE, PRESIDENT BUHARI PLEADS WITH JOS, OTHER WARRING COMMUNITIES

The Presidency wishes to assure all citizens that as a government, the administration is on top of events and is moving ahead with force to crush the perpetrators of the recent incidents of unrest in Plateau State.

But to achieve success, our communities must unite against these horrific attacks. Retributive violence is not the answer.

While these troubled communities are being reinforced with security personnel, our religious, traditional and other community leaders must not allow the use of their spaces for the propagation of violence and incitement to violence.

Attempts to simplify the reasons into a basic narrative may help raise donor-dollars for international NGOs, fill pages of overseas newspapers, and burnish foreign politicians’ faith credentials; but this does not increase understanding, nor offer solutions. If anything, simplistic theorizing and finger-pointing make the situation worse.

It is important both for Nigerians and the international community to appreciate that there are a multitude of factors attendant to these troubles.

There is the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorism, as well as the spate of kidnappings for ransom, transformed by some misinformed global media into a Muslim-on-Christian threat. Yet, in reality, there are no religious connotations at all when the primary purpose of these acts is to extract money.

Then the herder-farmer clashes. While international voices and some Nigerian politicians who seek personal gain from division declare this a matter of religion, for those involved, it is almost entirely a matter of access to water and land. Herders have moved their cattle into contact with farmers for millennia. But, increasingly, due to population pressure, escalating aridity of northern states, and climate change, they are forced to travel further south to find grazing lands.

Then, further afield in the South-east, IPOB are not struggling for freedom when they attack police stations and property, but rather committing acts of terrorism in order to steal money. IPOB is not defending Christians – as their highly-paid foreign lobbyists claim – when almost every citizen of those states they terrorize is uniformly Christian. Yet mistakenly, and because the lobbyists for IPOB have duped them, some misguided foreign media and politicians believe so.

As for Nigerians, what we need is to come together. And we must do this firstly and for the most part by our own hands, by casting asunder those who seek to divide us for their own nefarious financial and political gain.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

August 29, 2021

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

World

For Harry, returning to London to attend Prince Philip’s funeral last month meant once more facing a place where he felt trapped and hunted...

Sticky Post

Many Muslims all over Northern Nigeria have written to condemn Sheikh Abubakar Salihu Zaria for his fiery and inciting sermon of wihch he was...

Around The States

A group with the name Concerned Citizens of Askira Uba have written to NEWISSUES magazine to express their concerns over the arrangement to site...

Sticky Post

… Says Shooter in Police Net Amid Ongoing Probe… Pastor says He has Monitored Zulum’s Concern By Aisha Idowu Borno Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum,...

Around The States

The Benue State government have penned down a response to the Buhari administration, outrightly acussing the federal government under Buhari of complicity in the...

Sticky Post

A lot of President Buhari die hard supporters in his stronghold of Muslim North have expressed shock and disappointment over the ostentatious display of...

Sticky Post

Nigerians on social media have expressed displeasure over the arrest and handing over of six people to the Nigerian secret police because they wore...

Sticky Post

Federal authorities in the U.S. have been investigating Mr Abbas and his co-conspirators after their syndicate was busted in Dubai, New York and other...

Sticky Post

The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, in an interview with BBC Hausa has reiterated that bandits must be hunted down by security...

Crime/Corruption

Two Fulani herdsmen who were camped in a farm in Mangu Local Government of Plateau State have been tracked down and killed. They were...

Sticky Post

Bandits have attacked the permanent site of the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna State, killing two officers and abducting one other officer. Although the...

Around The States

A man committed suicide in Daura, the hometown of President Buhari, over what Katsina Online page on Facebook said was over poverty and hunger....