The outgoing French ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer has said that he does not believe that foreigners are involved in the killings across the country.
The position by the French envoy contradicts that of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has maintained that the killings is as a result of mercenaries from the Sahel region.
In April, 2018 when Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury was his guest in London, the president said:
“It has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region”.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Friday, September 21, 2018 in commemoration of the 2018 French National Day, Gauer said impunity is encouraging the killings in the country and those responsible must be punished.
“The reason for the killings is demography; some people are fighting for land, so there must be direct policy to develop agriculture and animal husbandry.
“I think impunity is encouraging the killings and those responsible must be punished. I don’t believe foreigners are involved in the killings.
“The second is justice. When there is that kind of killing, there must be proper prosecution and perpetrators must be properly sentenced. If that does not happen then, it cannot end”.
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