President Muhammadu Buhari has said that poverty, injustice and lack of job opportunities are mainly responsible for inter-communal and intra-communal conflicts in Nigeria.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu quoted Buhari as saying this at the State House in Abuja yesterday while receiving a delegation from the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, which is promoting peace in Nigeria.
The president was also quoted as stressing that in order to achieve enduring peace in the country, greater effort must be made to eradicate poverty and injustice.
Buhari described ethnic and religious conflicts in parts of Nigeria as outward manifestations of underlying problems of joblessness, injustice and poverty.
He lauded the centre for the relative peace that had returned to Plateau State as well as its ongoing activity in Southern Kaduna.
Buhari concurred with the centre that dialogue was always preferable to the use of law and order mechanisms and force in the resolution of conflicts.
The Executive Director of the centre, David Harland, said following its success in facilitating the settlement of the inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts in Plateau State, the centre had moved to Kaduna State.