Billiri violence: Buhari calls for calm, restraint


By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed “great shock and deep concern” over the eruption of violence in Gombe State arising from the Billiri chieftaincy tussle.

According to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President appealed to both sides to sheath their swords.

President Buhari 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.”

According to the President, “the easy resort to violence is uncalled for because there are enough avenues to resolve differences amicably without threatening law and order.”

He noted that “in a circle of violence, there are no winners, except losers”.

He advised Muslims and Christians to “avoid the temptation of resorting to violence to express their grievances.”

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