Buhari vows to deal with instigators, perpetrators of Rivers violence



Concerned about the rising spate of politically-instigated violence in Rivers State, President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that the full wrath of the law would be brought to bear on the instigators and perpetrators.

The President stated this yesterday in Malabo, the Equatorial Guinea capital, during an interactive meeting with Nigerians resident in the country.

In a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President expressed concern and condemned recent political violence in Rivers State, saying that the killing of people over political differences was primitive, barbaric and unacceptable.

According to the President: “We will deal decisively with all sponsors of violence. I have given the security services clear directives in this regard. We will show that violence in any form will no longer be tolerated before, during or after elections.”

Buhari said that the government was favourably disposed towards giving Nigerians in Diaspora to vote in subsequent elections, noting that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would be encouraged to explore the possibility of Nigerians abroad voting during the 2019 general elections.

The President, who noted that some African countries have started allowing their citizens resident abroad to vote in national elections, pledged that he would therefore, do all within his powers to fulfil that desire.

The President said that developing the infrastructure needed to boost production in all sectors of the economy and create more jobs for young Nigerians, as well as other actions that will directly improve the living conditions of ordinary Nigerians, would continue to be prioritised by his administration.

Responding to complaints by members of the Nigerian community about the absence of direct flights between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea, the President assured them that his administration’s war against corruption would remain “fearless, relentless and merciless.”

“We will be merciless and relentless in pursuing all those who abused public trust. Nigerians will see how some of the elite conspired to run the nation down,” he said.

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