President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday regretted that Nigerians had shed enough blood over issues that could have been peacefully resolved.According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke while reacting to the violence in Gombe State arising from the Billiri chieftaincy tussle. The statement was titled, ‘Billiri chieftaincy tussle: President Buhari condemns violence, calls for maximum restraint to avoid escalation’. Shehu quoted the President as expressing “great shock and deep concern” over the incident. The President said, “I’m seriously disturbed by the outbreak of violence in Gombe State and call on the parties involved to exercise maximum restraint to avoid escalation.
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Click To Start Selling Now“The easy resort to violence is uncalled for because there are enough avenues to resolve differences amicably without threatening law and order. “In a circle of violence, there are no winners, except losers. Muslims and Christians should avoid the temptation of resorting to violence in order to express their grievances. “Nigerians have shed enough blood over issues that could have been peacefully resolved. I appeal to the two parties to sheathe their swords for the sake of peaceful coexistence. Gombe has enjoyed relative religious harmony for decades and you shouldn’t allow hoodlums destroy this positive record.” Churches in Gombe end services over communal clash In a related development, following the burning of a mosque, home of Galadima Tangale by suspected hoodlums and destruction of shops in Billiri LGA, churches hurriedly closed services in some parts of the state capital on Sunday. The PUNCH on Sunday observed that some churches in the state metropolis claimed they got security intelligence to close earlier. Recall that for about three days, women protested over what they termed government delay tactics in declaring the next Mai Tangale since the kingmakers completed the election involving three candidates.