Killings in Nigeria: Shun propaganda, work with Buhari – Presidency to UK lawmakers
The Nigerian presidency has reacted to the letter from UK lawmakers, authorized specialists and campaigners.
The lawmakers lately reported President Muhammadu Buhari to the Secretary-Basic of the Commonwealth over the spate of violence and killings in Nigeria.
An announcement on Thursday by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, advised them to work with Buhari and never fall for propaganda.
“We ask our British colleagues to go to Nigeria, whether or not formally or informally to debate all of the factors raised of their letter. Our authorities is made equally of Christian and Muslim cupboard members; our Vice President is an Evangelical Pastor. We’ve all the pieces to realize as a rustic by way of worldwide cooperation with involved, senior British parliamentarians and policymakers.
“The risk to civilians and peaceable co-existence between totally different ethnic and non secular teams from Boko Haram, banditry and land disputes is of significant concern to the President and the federal government. It’s incorrect, nevertheless, to claim that the federal government has or is doing nothing to deal with these intertwined threats.
“Firstly, there are on-going efforts for the institution of cattle ranches to stop or curtail open grazing, the observe that brings herders and farmers into battle. That is an age-old downside going through Nigerian Governments because the colonial days. Nonetheless, issues of land distribution are handled at state stage. This implies willingness needs to be proven by state governors to drive the method ahead.
“Secondly, as regards to the lengthy and decided battle waged towards Boko Haram, Nigerians are conscious of the efforts made by this Authorities. When the federal government got here to energy, the terrorist group held and administered an space the dimensions of Belgium. Now they maintain none. The terrorists are hiding out amongst distant forests and throughout borders.
“Thirdly, within the face of rising crime and insecurity, the federal government’s new neighborhood policing initiative was launched this month. 10,000 new constables are being recruited from the areas they may safeguard – versus previous observe. The federal government hopes it will deliver policing nearer to native communities. N13 billion has been earmarked for this initiative”, he mentioned.