President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness over reports of the killing of some Christian youths during an Easter procession Sunday night in Gombe, and reprisal killing of the law enforcement officials allegedly responsible for the tragic incident.
A statement issued, Tuesday, by Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said Buhari described the violent actions as “very unfortunate,” and condoled with the families of the victims and wished those injured speedy recovery
Buhari joined the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Gombe State chapter, and the State Government in appealing for calm even as he decried the reckless driving that stoked the tragedy as well as the “quick resort to self-help and mob action.”
According to him, “We must always be mindful of the peaceful action of others while resisting the urge to take the laws into our hands notwithstanding the gravity of provocation.”
The president commended the leaderships of the police and the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for steps taken in bringing the situation under control, and promising further investigations into the sad incident.
He, then, prayed the Almighty God to comfort the bereaved families and grant rest to the souls of the departed victims.