President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over reports of the killing of some Christian youths during an Easter procession, on Sunday night in Gombe State.
He also condemned the reprisal attacks which led to killing of law enforcement officials allegedly responsible for the tragic incident.
While describing the violent actions as “very unfortunate,” the President, in a statement through his media aide, Garba Shehu on Tuesday, condoled with the families of the victims, wishing those injured speedy recovery.
Joining the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Gombe State chapter, and the state government in appealing for calm, President Buhari also decried the reckless driving as well as “quick resort to self-help and mob action.”
According to him, “We must always be mindful of the peaceful action of others while resisting the urge to take the laws into our hands notwithstanding the gravity of provocation.”
He lauded the leaderships of the police and the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for steps taken in bringing the situation under control, and promising further investigations into the sad incident.
Buhari however prayed that God should comfort the bereaved families and grant rest to the souls of the departed victims.
It would be recalled that no fewer than 10 boys were killed in Gombe during a procession by the Boys’ Brigade in the late hours of Easter Sunday.
It was gathered that the incident occurred when a car ran into a group of Boys’ Brigade from ECWA Church from Bamusa, Barunde and from St Peter’s Anglican Church, Madaki around 11.30 p.m. on Sunday while they were in a procession.
They were on procession to Sabon-Layi Area of Gombe Metropolis where they were expected to celebrate Easter on Monday.
They were said to have been rushed to the Gombe State Specialist Hospital as soon as the incident happened.