“It is only when the perpetrators are brought to book and punished according to the law of the land that it would serve as a deterrent to others.”
A former Nigerian Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, has said his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, would address the security challenges facing Nigeria if elected in 2015.
Mr. Buhari stated this on Wednesday when he led a delegation of his party’s leaders to Marwa Village on a condolence visit to the chief of the village, Tagwi Sambo.
“If Nigerians give their mandate to APC come 2015 general elections, it will address the prolonged insecurity that has been bedeviling the country which the government of President Goodluck Jonathan has woefully failed to address,” the retired Army Major General said.
Thousands of people have been killed in various forms of attacks across Nigeria, particularly in the northern states.
Apart from the attacks by the terrorist Boko Haram group that has led to the death of about 1,500 people in the Northeastern part of the country, clashes between herdsmen and farmers, attacks by armed militia, and ethno-religious crises have also led to the deaths of hundreds of people in states like Benue, Plateau, and Kaduna.
Mr. Buhari therefore asked the Kaduna State government to fish out the perpetrators behind the recent attacks in Marwa and other villages in Kaura Local Government Area of the state.
“It is only when the perpetrators are brought to book and punished according to the law of the land that it would serve as a deterrent to others,” Mr. Buhari said. “For me, I am not a stranger in Kaura because my elder brother is a close friend of the Chief of Marwa, so I feel like I am at home here.”
In his remarks during the condolence, a former Kaduna State Commissioner for Finance and now a chieftain of APC in the state, Sulaiman Hunkuyi, condemned the attacks and c commiserated with
the Chief of Marwa over the incidence.
The APC delegation also donated N2 million to the victims. The money was presented by Mr. Buhari to the Chief of Marwa.
In his response, Mr. Sambo thanked his guests for the visit and described the incident as an act of God.
He expressed hope that the community would no longer experience attacks in future.
Some of the leaders of the APC present were the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Aminu Masari, and the Deputy National Secretary of the party, Nasir El-Rufai.
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