The Presidency has expressed its disappointment at the recent report given by the United Nations Rapporteur on violence in Nigeria.
The spokesman to the Presidency, Garba Shehu disclosed this on Friday while speaking to the press.
Mr. Garba admitted that in recent times, violence has rocked various parts of the country. However, federal and state agencies have effectively prevented this violence.
The spokesman said the violence in Nigeria is caused by Intra-group, inter-group and community clashes. One of such includes the Herders/Farmers clashes.
Garba listed some states including Benue, Taraba and Cross River amongst the states hit by such violence.
He added that the tireless effort of the Federal and State Government restored calm the affected region.
Hence, the Presidency is “disappointed” with the UN’s report.
“We are saddened that the rapporteur did not address intra-ethnic conflicts and cattle rustling as key elements in herder/farmer conflicts. In Benue State, for instance, the Tiv/Jukun conflict and kidnapping is a major problem. We are glad that local communities have fully realized this, and scholars with a strong motivation for peace and stability in their communities and the nation are trying to address the problem.
“Ignoring the salient issues will not help to solve the problem. If you are going to address violence and general insecurity in Nigeria, incidents everywhere should be part of the narrative. Not addressing this might make it easier to blame the Federal Government, but national peace and security is a community-based and collective responsibility.
“Arrests, prosecution and locking people up are only small parts of National Security and Safety strategy,” Mr. Shehu said
Mr. Shehu also recognized the efforts of Professor Dick Adzenge in the struggle to maintain peace and stability in Benue.
“Professor Adzenge and a few others like him are working with young people, traditional rulers and communities to seek peaceful resolution of conflicts and encourage peaceful co-existence.”
He further added, “The sort of effort we are talking about here has so far revealed interesting facts about the problem in Benue State that cannot be ignored.”
Mr. Shehu said the presidency would have appreciated it if the United Nations rapporteur had collaborated with the government to give the report on the violence in Nigeria.
“…And it is the sort of support we seek from the UN rapporteur in reporting, not the report that scratches the surface of the subject then ends up blaming the government under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari. The UN representative needs to be truthful and even-handed in her assignment,” he said.
Mr. Shehu added that it will be a “mistake” to think that arresting and putting people in jail is the best way to solve the violence.