Buhari urges Shiites, Niger Delta militants to embrace peace

IMN protesters
IMN protesters

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Shi’a Community and Niger Delta militants to embrace peace and always abide by the laws of the country.

The president said this in his New Year message to Nigerians issued in Abuja on Saturday.

He reassured that his administration would continue to pursue peace initiatives with aggrieved groups across the country.

Mr. Buhari particularly called on the Niger Delta militants to desist from their destructive activities and come to the negotiating table.

“We will continue to pursue peace initiatives in the Niger Delta, as I again call on our brothers in that region who have taken to violent disruptions of economic infrastructure to come to the negotiating table.

“As for our brothers and sisters of the Shia Community, we urge them too to embrace peace.

“They must accept the laws of the country they live in. They cannot be islands by themselves.

“At the same time, the law enforcement agencies must treat them humanely and according to the rule of law.’’

President Buhari said Nigerians must continue to support and tolerate one another and live together as one.

“These are the attributes that define us and have for years confounded the pessimists who do not believe in our continued existence as a united and indivisible nation.

“We are a remarkable nation that has succeeded in harnessing our multiple diversities for national development.

“We must continue to support and tolerate one another and live together as one.’’ (NAN)


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  • Gary

    Nothing said about Sunni fanaticism and the murderous rampage of Fulani militia and their campaign of ethnic cleansing in southern Kaduna and Middle Belt.
    “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” – Mathew 12:34.

  • Larry

    Mr. Buhari, did Niger Delta not give you 16 propositions to implement for peace to reign in the region? Do you want peace without justice and fairness? This is madness. Again, he failed to address the ethnic cleansing in Southern Kaduna and Middle Belt.

    Please, the people of Southern Kaduna and Middle Belt, pick up arms and fight back.

    • titanium

      Thank you sir for your submission. It’s only in Africa that a ruler will be killing the people he swore to protect and be demanding for peace at same time.

      Mr. President sir, your fulani herdsmen  are committing genocide on our christian and Shiite brothers daily in Southern Kaduna and the Middle belt, you are silence on it. Your soldiers are killing Igbos daily, you are quite on it. Your soldiers that you deployed to our villages in Niger Delta are raping women and daughters, yet you want us to live in peace with that. Someday sir, your tenure will be over and posterity will judge you with the full wrath of karma just like it did your friend Late Gen. Abacha‎

  • Otile

    Allah, Buhari is a useless man. He is asking for peace and unity without justice and fairness, what an_idoit. What are we uniting to do, to practice nepotism, tribalism, and bigotry? Oluwa ma je.

  • Grit Harrison

    What about South Kaduna ethnic and Religious Cleansing.Innocent soul dying and we think we will go forward,No! i don’t see how we will succeed in 2017 because when blood cries especially innocent blood,it is for jugement

  • Iskacountryman

    the shiites only close the road…the militants blow up pipelines…wallahi…no warning necessary for kaje and nyamiri…