Plateau attacks: Critics say I look like killer herdsmen – Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that it is unfair for people to accuse him of not reprimanding gun-wielding herdsmen because he looks like them.

Buhari said this on Tuesday during an interactive session with stakeholders in Plateau state, where he visited to commiserate with the people over the recent attacks in Barkin Ladi LGA which claimed over a hundred lives.

Governor Simon Lalong of the state, was joined by Governors Abubakar Bagudu and Abubakar Bello, of Kebbi and Niger states, in accompanying Buhari to the meeting.

The president has been accused of keeping mum on the killings by suspected herders across the country, stressing that the accusation is unfair.

According to a statement issued by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said he has directed security chiefs in the country to remain vigilant and ensure the protection of lives and property in the country.

He also urged traditional and community leaders to complement government efforts by persuading their constituencies to tolerate one another for peace and unity in the country.

‘‘I will continue to pressurise members of the law enforcement agencies directly under me by the Constitution as the Commander-in Chief. About eight days ago, we had five hours security meeting of the service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police.

‘‘What happened here in Jos is very bad. The question of leadership, from your household to whatever you are, is justice. The bottom line is justice.

‘‘That is why wherever I go, I will always appeal to the leadership of the communities, the law enforcement agencies to always have control of their constituencies.

‘‘Whatever is being given to the media, we have to be very responsible about it.

‘‘Take for instance the situation in Benue. The Benue subsistence farmer knows that the Nigerian cattle herder that he knows doesn’t carry nothing more than a stick, occasionally sometimes something to cut grass to feed his cattle.

‘‘But the present herder, I am told, carries AK47 and people are even blaming me for not talking to them because maybe (they say) I look like one of them.

‘‘There is some injustice in these aspersions,” Buhari said.

The President maintained that despite the security challenges in the country, Nigerians recognise the “success” recorded by his administration in combating insecurity.

“It is noteworthy that many Nigerians still acknowledge that despite the security challenges, this administration has made notable successes in the security sector,” he said.

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