Mr. Denys Gauer, the outgoing French Ambassador to Nigeria on Friday faulted the insinuation that foreigners are involved in the killings across the country.
The French envoy’s position contradicts that of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“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,” the president had said when Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury, visited him in London back in April.
While, speaking with newsmen on Friday in Abuja Gauer countered Buhari, saying impunity is encouraging the killings in the country and those responsible must be punished.
As he said, killings would stop when justice is served to killers.
On how the killings in Nigeria will stop, he advised the government to persecute those responsible for the killings in order to put an end to it.
“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 killings, there must be proper prosecution and perpetrators must be properly sentenced. If that does not happen then, it cannot end. ” he noted.