Where there is no peace, there is bound to be no development and the Nigerian President knows this. 

The seeming indifference to the sanctity of life by criminals is something that is a source of worry for President Muhammadu Buhari, as he makes comments on the recent killings in Plateau State. 

After his Independence Day speech, President Buhari issued another statement condemning the latest violence in Jos which led to the imposition of a curfew in the Plateau State capital.

In the statement by his spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, President Buhari said: "I am deeply worried about the seeming indifference to the sanctity of life by criminals whose hearts are hardened by evil".

The President recalled that through the last three and a half years of the present administration in the state, the government had worked very hard with various communities and clearly demonstrated that a lasting peace could be achieved.

"I know it is not an easy thing. It is a very difficult thing. But the resultant peace achieved by the people of Plateau state should not be squandered.

"Every citizen deserves stability and development.

"Peace has no alternative. It is my appeal to all the communities in the state capital, and the entire state as a whole to embrace peace," the President said. 

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One thing he wants the people of Plateau State to do is to embrace dialogue where there are differences, expressing the belief that it would bring about understanding.

"There is also the due process of the law. Differences cannot be resolved by abuses or by bullets," he insisted. 

Linking violence to some activities of politicians, the President once again lamented that some politicians were promoting ethnic and religious prejudices for cheap popularity, despite the knowledge that such incitement could play into the hands of hate mongers.

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He said his administration would continue to engage with concerned persons to address the root causes of this repeated violence in Plateau State and other parts of the country.

President Buhari, however, warned that no responsible government would allow anarchy to replace law and order.

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