Herdsmen Killing: Buhari Blames Late Libya President
The president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who is currently in the United Kingdom on an official visit has voiced his opinion of the incessant killings and clashes between Herdsmen and farmers.
In a statement credited to Femi Adeshina, the presidential spokesman, the president while receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London on Wednesday, blamed former Libya, Muammar Gaddaffi, who is now late for the proliferation of sophisticated firearms amongst these herdsmen.
According to Femi Adesina, the president, while responding to his guest’s comment on the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in different parts of Nigeria, the President said:
“The problem is even older than us. 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.
These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Gadaffi of Libya. When he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram. Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way, but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons. The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions.”
President Buhari also lamented that “irresponsible politics “has found its way into the farmer/herdsmen clash but assured that machineries were already in motion to forestall normalcy and ensure justice.”