Buhari warns Northerners: Don’t retaliate killings in South-East

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The Presidency has warned the citizenry against retaliatory violence to the horrendous viral videos of extreme savagery by Eastern Security Network, the militant wing of the of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

The Presidency also cautioned against any form of reaction that can threaten peace and order in the society.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, made the call in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.

He quoted President Buhari as having condemned the cruel and barbaric killings in the South East.

According to him, the President also warned against posting or sharing of such inciting photos or videos in the social media in order not to play into the hands of those who are out to cause division in the country.

Buhari warned those behind the distressing acts of murder to expect drastic reactions from the nation’s security forces.

“The Presidency wishes to caution against any knee-jerk reactions, the creation of panic, disruption of lives and livelihoods, or even retaliatory violence following the viral videos of the alleged killings of non-indigenes by the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and its mother terrorist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

“While expert agencies are now verifying the factuality and veracity of the claims that accompany the horrid pictures being circulated, we call on all citizens to avoid hasty steps or conclusions that could exacerbate the situation, and on the contrary keep to a line of conduct that will help the law to take its proper course.

“The Presidency also cautions the public against the indiscriminate sharing of posts on social media so as to deny vested interests who seek to divide us and create disturbance the chance to do so.

“In the issuance of his very strong condemnation of these “wild, barbarous and wanton killings of innocent people” in the South-East as well as the other parts of the country, which he described as “deeply distressing,” President Muhammadu Buhari warns the perpetrators of these acts to expect tough response from the security forces.” The statement read

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