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Bwari Riots: Violence Is Never The Answer, Says Mines Minister

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The Minister of state, for Mines and Steel Development, Hon Bawa Bwari, has condemned the recent violence that erupted in Bwari Area council.

The Minister said he condemned the violence which claimed lives and properties and also sympathized with all the victims.

In a statement to LEADERSHIP signed by the Minister, he said “I am deeply shocked by the incident which is totally at variance with our way of life as a people.The people of Bwari, and indeed the Gbagyi speaking people as a whole, are known for their peaceful, law abiding nature, their ability to live in harmony with everyone.

He noted that “When I visited the scenes of the mayhem, I was appalled at the unprecedented level of violence and feel constrained to lend my voice to those calling for a peaceful resolution of whatever may have led to the crisis. We must learn to resolve issues with our heads rather than with our hands. Violence does not solve anything.”

He noted that what happened in Bwari during the last festivities therefore, at a period when people were supposed to be celebrating Christmas and anticipating the coming new year, was morally reprehensible and completely at variance with our culture and our religious leanings.

“In the history of Bwari, and in fact that of the Gbagyi speaking areas that was excised to form the Federal Capital Territory, one thing that has always been consistent is the generous nature of our people, their basic honesty and decency. I am sure this played a very big role in the decision to bring the Federal Capital to our ancestral home”

“We are proud to cede our lands for this most vital project and we consider it a true honour. We have always done all we can to ensure that those who have come to live amongst us get to enjoy our famous hospitality and our pleasant nature and we shall continue to do so because it is our nature”.

“Violence is never right whatever the level of provocation. We are a nation of law and anyone who takes the law into their hands or does anything to jeopardize the peace of the land deserves our collective condemnation”

The Minister of state noted that “Although in recent times the country has seen an increase in violent tendencies, he could say with all honesty that they had never witnessed anything on this scale in Bwari and we hope never to do so again.

I must urge the people of Bwari, especially our vibrant youth, to imbibe the culture of peace, accommodation and tolerance which is our heritage. Collectively, we must vow to do everything in our power to ensure that we never allow this sort of ugly incident in our communities.”

“Nigerians must learn to follow legal procedures rather than take matters into their own hands, especially now that we have a government we can trust, a government that takes the Rule of Law very seriously”

The Minister condoled with those who lost their loved ones,properties and expressed the hope that it is the last time they would experience such.

He also sympathized with all the public and private private institutions and businesses while thanking security agencies for their prompt responses

He further urged the security agencies to work hard to discourage this sort of violent behaviour in the future by investigating the cause of the incidence and bringing perpetrators to book.



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