No one benefits from killing or loss of lives–Osinbajo


…Says perpetrators of Numan, Dong killings will be dealt with according to law

The vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has called on everyone in leadership positions in the country to lead the people out of the cycle of violence into prosperity and development because killing or loss of lives is an ill wind that blows no one any good.

Osinbajo stated this in Adamawa State during his visit to Numan, Dong and other affected communities and areas in the state where people were killed and houses destroyed during recent communal clashes.

“Nobody can benefit from killing or the loss of lives. Everyone who is a leader, if all that we are thinking about is, “something has gone wrong, let us just wait until another thing happens”, then we are not true leaders; that’s not leadership. Anybody can fight, anybody can kill; only true leaders can bring people together and make progress. Anybody who says, “I am a leader”, but is just encouraging continuous fighting, and cannot find a solution, has lost the right to leadership. As leaders, our duty is to lead the people towards prosperity and development. That is the kind of leadership we must provide. If we don’t provide that, then we have lost our rights to be leaders,” said.

During the visit, Osinbajo’s delegation discovered that Kikan, a previously affected community, had been completely deserted. The delegation, therefore, organised to have a follow-up meeting with the community’s leadership at the earliest opportunity.

The vice president emphasised that it was the responsibility of all categories of leadership to solve problems and offer prosperity to the people.

“Our country is at a point in its history where we all need to join hands to make sure that all we are concerned with is to provide food, shelter, good livelihood for our people; that is our primary aim now. This is the time to come together to make progress as a people. There is no reason why we should allow so much poverty, and what we are doing is fighting, killing each other. Our role should be to provide security, to provide resources for people so that everyone can enjoy their lives as citizens of this country.

The vice president condoled with victims of the attacks and assured them of the federal government’s resolve to ensure that perpetrators of violence are dealt with according to law.

He further said the federal government would find a lasting solution to the crisis, and called on all parties to embrace peace and dialogue.

“It is a very sad occasion, and I’m here at the behest of Mr. President first to commiserate with the people of Adamawa State and to express sincere condolences to the families who have lost their lives, and to those who have lost their homes, their property and means of livelihood. We are here to seek definite and permanent solution to the problems that have arisen here,” Osinbajo said.

The vice president was received on arrival at the Yola Airport by the governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Jubrilla Bindow.

While in the state, Osinbajo also met with the Lamido Adamawa, Dr. Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa and other community chiefs, including the Hamma Bachama, HRH Honest Irmiya Stephen; and Hamma Bata, Chief Alhamdu Teneke, in Numan local government area.

The vice president was accompanied on the visit by the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, the Adamawa South Senator, Ahmad Abubakar, and the special adviser to the president on political matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu.



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