Updated: February 27, 2021
The presidency in Nigeria confirmed on Saturday that at least 55 people were killed in communal clashes in the northern state of Kaduna.
President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the violence, saying that the clashes were caused by misunderstandings that can be resolved peacefully.
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According to the President, “peaceful coexistence is necessary for the progress of any society and its wellbeing.”
Buhari said without communal harmony, the environment for the conduct of “our everyday businesses would be impossible to achieve.”
President Buhari explained that “violence cannot be an alternative to peace. On the contrary, reliance on violence leads to ultimate self-destruction. Violence is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. Embracing peace is a necessity.”
In commending the Kaduna State government for its rapid response to the crisis, the President appealed to community leaders to engage in regular dialogue to nip imminent crises in the bud, while admonishing the people to develop the spirit of tolerance and patience at all times.