Stop politicizing killings in Benue, Rivers – Osinbajo

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Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday warned Nigerians against politicizing the recent killings witnessed in parts of the country, including Benue, Kaduna, Taraba and Rivers States.

Osinbajo at the inter-denominational church service organised to commemorate the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the National Christian Centre, Abuja described allegations by opposition party as hinderance to stability.

He warned those planning to benefit from killings politically to stop, adding that this was one of the reasons the Boko Haram menace festered.

Osinbajo said, “We recognise that as dangerous and deadly, as heartless as these killings are. It is also dangerous to allow politics to play a part and to sometimes, as they say, pour petrol into already burning fire.

“We must not permit the politicisation of this tragedy. One of the reasons why, for years, Boko Haram thrived, was because of the politicisation of the insurgency.

“There were those who were planning to benefit politically from the tragedy and they painted the opposition then as the perpetrator.

“Again, we have seen some today who want to benefit politically. The killing of women and children in Adamawa, Benue, Jos and several other places, stoking the embers of ethnicity and religion.

“By their hate speeches, they want to fix the criminal acts of a few individuals on the whole tribe and a whole people and will want to create religious crisis if we allow.

“Our obligation is to stop them from playing dangerous politics that could threaten our unity and stability, just as we continue to enforce the peace in the troubled area.”