Buhari Says Politicians Tacking Advantage Of Farmers/Herdsmen Clashes
The Presidency has blamed politicians in the country for taking advantage of the clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the country and using the situation to perpetrate wickedness.
The position of the presidency is contained in a press statement on Monday sent to Naija News by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity in which the President decried how increasingly cheap human life was becoming in Nigeria, as desperate people pursued their quest for instability and chaos which they hoped would give them an advantage in the coming elections.
President Buhari said this while reacting to recent clashes in Plateau State which left many dead.
The President said:
“We know that a number of geographical and economic factors are contributing to the longstanding herdsmen/farmers clashes. But we also know that politicians are taking advantage of the situation. This is incredibly unfortunate.”
According to him, “Nigerians affected by the herdsmen/ farmer clashes must always allow the due process of the law to take its course rather than taking matters into their own hands.”
The statement further said: “About one hundred cattle had been rustled by a community in Plateau State, and some herdsmen were killed in the process. The state governor, Simon Lalong, had invited the aggrieved groups and pleaded against further action while the law enforcement agents looked into the matter. Less than 24 hours later, violence broke out.”
“Some local thugs then took advantage of the situation, turning it into an opportunity to extort the public, and to attack people from rival political parties. There were reports of vehicles being stopped along the roads in the state, with people being dragged out of their cars and attacked if they stated that they supported certain politicians or political party.”
“On his way back to Jos after attending the All Progressives Congress (APC) Convention in Abuja, the state governor had to dismantle a number of illegal road blocks set up by these thugs. There were also a number of dead bodies thugs had killed, lying along the road.”
Meanwhile, Naija News reports that the Plateau state government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on affected local governments.