Legal and Judicial Affairs


ABUJA-- President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has described as "satanic" suggestions by his critics that he is indifferent to the killings carried out herdsmen in variou parts of the country.

He said this here Thursday when he met with leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) from 19 northern States and the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja and solicited their assistance in bringing to an end the spate of killings in the country's Middle Belt and Zamfara.

Buhari recounted the efforts being made by the security agencies and the hundreds of arrests made compared with the slowness of the Judiciary in convicting the suspects.

He added that it is Satanic for anyone to suggest that he is indifferent about the carnage, describing the recent killings in Benue, Zamfara and lately Plateau states as "wicked, condemnable and completely unacceptable acts".

"We Nigerians are religious people and no religion or culture accepts the killing of people for any reason whatsoever. This is why we must all rise as one to condemn these vile and wicked acts to ensure that all the culprits are brought to justice." he said.

"We owe it to the memory of those who lost their lives in the violence in Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba, Zamfara and elsewhere since 1999 to bring the conflicts to a decisive end. I assure you that we will do this.

"Let me make it clear that even a single life lost in any part of the country is one too many. I came to office vowing to ensure the protection of lives and property, and I remain committed to this despite the challenges we have experienced.

"I, therefore, seek your support as clerics and religious leaders to join hands with this administration and give us your full support. As you all know, deploying law enforcement agencies is fully our responsibility as a government while creating the platform and mechanisms for dialogue is a collective effort.

"The military and police have arrested hundreds of suspects across the various flash-points in the region and several prosecutions are going on. In a number of cases, we have seen convictions. Nigerians are right when they say they want to see more convictions and I would like to appeal to the judiciary to help us fast-track these cases."