Following the incessant killings across the country, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu said Nigeria can no longer condone the carnage.
Bola Tinubu, who is also the former Governor of Lagos State said this when he visited Maiduguri, Borno State capital, to sympathise with the government and people of the state over the recent mass killing of farmers on a rice field.
AllNews reports that at least 48 farmers, officially confirmed by the government, were slaughtered two weeks ago in the Zabarmari district of Borno. Unofficial sources have placed the death toll to about a hundred.
Speaking to journalists at the Government House in Maiduguri, Tinubu said peace and progress cannot be achieved in an environment where lives are being threatened recklessly.
He said, “We cannot achieve peace and stability in an environment where people are butchered while in search of their means of livelihoods.”
Tinubu who had earlier paid a courtesy call on the governor of Borno State said he was in the state to “sympathize and condole with the people of Borno, particularly the governor who has been working tirelessly to ensure peace and stability in the state.”
He added, “And even as a nation, we want peace in this country. We cannot achieve peace and stability in an environment where people are butchered while in search of their means of livelihood.
“And those who may be promoting all of these dissidents are called upon to try the other means of peace. Let’s get our youths engaged, we cannot afford any of this carnage any longer.
“We have to engage our youth, train, and retrain them. No human being is un-retrainable, no human being is unengageable. We have to change our tactics in some areas.”
When asked to clarify his recent comment about some individuals causing a commotion in the APC, the former governor who later had a closed-door meeting with Governor Zulum and former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, informed reporters that he was not in the state to answer political questions.
He said, “I am here in search of peace for a nation.” I’m in search of peace and harmony for a state. But if you see elements of ants, rats cockroaches in APC, kindly get a flit and flit them out.”