- The outgoing French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, attributes the struggle for land as likely cause of the killings in Nigeria
- The diplomat calls on the federal government to execute justice on those behind the attacks in the country
- MURIC urges Nigerians to stop blaming Buhari for killings in parts of Nigeria
The outgoing French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, has said he does not believe that foreigners are involved in the killings going on in parts of Nigeria.
The envoy told journalists at the commemoration of the 2018 French National Day in Abuja on Saturday, July 14, that the struggle for land was the likely cause of the killings in the country, The Punch reports.
“The reason for the killings is demography; some people are fighting for land, so there must be direct policy to develop agriculture and animal husbandry. I think impunity is encouraging the killings and those responsible must be punished. I don’t believe foreigners are involved in the killings,” he said in response to a question about the claims by the Federal Government that Libyan mercenaries were responsible for the bloodshed," the diplomat said.
He called on the federal government to execute justice on those behind the killings in the country as the only way to end such incidents.
“The second is justice. When there is that kind of killing, there must be proper prosecution and perpetrators must be properly sentenced. If that does not happen, then, it cannot end.”
Denys Gauer also advised the government to develop agriculture and animal husbandry to address the crisis.
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Meanwhile, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has advised Nigerians to stop blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for killings around the country.
The group gave the advice in a statement on Monday, July 16, by MURIC’s director, Ishaq Akintola, and made available to newsmen in Ibadan.
Akintola blamed politicians, tribal bigots and a section of the media on the spread of wrong information about killings around the country, The News Agencu of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
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