ABUJA– Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that the government will no longer tolerate attacks by suspected pastoralists and other bandits.

Speaking during a visit to Nasarawa state in central Nigeria Tuesday, he warned against unwarranted killing of innocent citizens” and said the government was working hard to instil peace and stability. He also urged Nigerians to resist the temptation of engaging in reprisal attacks.

The President sympathised with victims of reported attacks and urged them not to engage in reprisals which have been reported in the north-central part of the country. He said the Federal Government had put in place adequate measures to end the crisis and maintain law and order.

I also want to assure the people of the north-central and indeed all Nigerians that the federal government is working day night to ensure peace and stability returns. We have deployed additional resources to all the affected areas to maintain law and order,” he said.

I appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from reprisal attacks. The security agencies have standing order to arrest and prosecute any and all persons found with illegal arms. I will once again express my condolences and sympathy to all the affected victims of these barbaric acts.”

Communities in Benue and Nassarawa states have been witnessing social unrest caused by clashes between farmers and herdsmen clashes which have resulted in killings of innocent citizens in both states.

On Jan 1, suspected herders attacked villages in Logo and Guma local government areas of Benue state with over 73 people murdered. The killings in turned caused violent reprisals with seven travellers believed to be of Fulani extraction killed and their corpses burnt by criminal elements.

Buhari was in Nasarawa state Tuesday to commission some projects.