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It is unfair and unkind to insinuate President Buhari is condoning Herdsmen Killings – Presidency



It is unfair and unkind to insinuate President Buhari is condoning Herdsmen Killings - Presidency - BellaNaija

The Presidency has said it is determined to find short and long term solutions to frequent conflicts between farmers and herdsmen across the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, said the gruesome pictures of mayhem from several parts of the country has been a source of concern for President Muhammadu Buhari, especially in Benue and its neighbouring states.

He said the president is equally worried about “some public pronouncements and finger-pointing that are, in most cases very unhelpful to peaceful coexistence of our diverse peoples.

“The President is conscious of his duty to Nigerians, not least because he is held accountable for everything that goes wrong.

“He deeply sympathises with the families and all the other direct and indirect victims of this violence. He is determined to bring it to a permanent end’’.

Shehu also disclosed that the presidency is planning a conference of stakeholders on infrastructural and agricultural development to put in place a plan for immediate relief and long term plan for the expansion of agriculture in the country.

According to him, the conference will tap into experiences and best practices to draw up a planned development for 20-30 years ahead based on population and development projections, and will take into consideration environmental impacts. He said:

While there are many Nigerians who see the conflict between the nomadic herdsmen and peasant farmers as an ethnic problem, others point to religious differences and agenda. The President does not subscribe to such simplistic reductionism.

President Buhari holds the view, as do many experts, that these conflicts are more often than not, as a result of major demographic changes in Nigeria.

When Nigeria attained independence, the population of the country was estimated at about 63,000,000. Today the population is estimated at close to 200,000,000; while the land size has not changed and will not change.

Urban sprawl and development have simply reduced land area both for peasant farming and cattle grazing.

It is therefore both unfair and unkind, for anyone to keep insinuating that the President is condoning the spate of killings in Benue and other neighbouring states.

President Buhari has publicly condemned the violence at every turn. He is prepared to permit every possible step that can lead to the stoppage of the killings.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Pamela

    January 9, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    The President hinting at the Malthusian Theory is a very interesting thing. Our population is increasing but the available land mass isn’t. When we tell Nigerians to adopt family planning methods especially in the Northern parts of the country, they will say that it is against their culture and religion. Now people are selling their children to make ends meet. One day, they will begin to cook them.

    • Ec

      January 9, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      @Pamela I am clapping for you. Well said

    • Marigold

      January 11, 2018 at 3:13 pm

      Lol. Northerners are actually not as many as you think and many of these population figures are inflated. Nigeria is NOT overpopulated.

  2. miss_nk

    January 9, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    If you’re not condoning it,
    1) Why wont you speak out against it?
    2) Why have you ignore Benue state governor’s pleas for help?
    3) Why have you not declared them a terrorist group yet?

    • nene+

      January 10, 2018 at 8:05 am

      But you sent crocodile smile to Niger Delta, Python dance to IPOB ( both regions don’t suck blood like ….)but sent the police to be easily mudered by your kinsmen? Why didn’t you send the military to handle these marauders causing several loss of lives. Mr double standard no be today….

  3. Nakoms

    January 9, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    This chap has no business with leadership. He is a very small man. Shouldn’t be more than a village chief!

  4. bruno

    January 9, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    shut up biko let us hear word. buhari is pampering these murderous herdsmen cause they are his people. if the herdsmen were another tribe like igbo for example they will have commissioned operation crocodile smile on them. nonsense.

  5. Yusuf

    January 9, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Families have been wiped out and these guys are fixated on Buhari’s feelings?

    • Mamamia

      January 10, 2018 at 10:26 am

      Thank you! Like we care about how you feel right now Buhari…

  6. wifematerial

    January 9, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    One day I say one day water will find is level………………..this is getting out of control and most Nigerians folds their arms watching………………..very soon every tribe will have is own organized crime…………………….

  7. Stephen Ron Wells

    January 9, 2018 at 9:30 pm


  8. Ifeoma

    January 9, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Sometimes silence is interpreted as consent, the president should speak up next time, afterall He is not dumb


    January 9, 2018 at 10:03 pm


  10. Kkay

    January 9, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    @ Bruno you couldn’t have said it better.
    Whatsoever a man sows, so shall he reap!!!

  11. Kayode

    January 10, 2018 at 12:53 am

    Look at this face very well. Is this PMB or jubril? See the man who wants second term

  12. really?

    January 10, 2018 at 2:35 am

    Really? so is it also fair that innocent Nigerians are being killed by these people and nothing seems to be done?

  13. really?

    January 10, 2018 at 2:38 am

    Really? so is it fair that innocent Nigerians are being slaughtered by these people and nothing seems to be done? i’m heartbroken.

  14. Professor X

    January 10, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Why is his being called a conflict or crisis between farmers and Fulani cattle herders? These poor villagers do not have a fighting chance against a well-armed terrorist group. This is clearly mass murder committed by the terrorist Fulani nomads.

    First of all, provide increased security to the affected area. Deploy the military!

  15. concerned9ja

    January 10, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    He might not directly condone it but he’s very much sympathetic towards his people..
    Your silence Sir is deafening!!
    Sees himself like the Fulani Messiah.I would renounce my Nigerian Passport if this guy runs or dares win come 2019.
    An abject failure..Despotic..Tribalist..Biased..Conflicted with Criminals who got him in and his Daura Mafioso…
    If it were another tribe ehn!!…he would be quick to whip out the Army!!
    I blame the weak Govs playing along Party lines…

  16. John

    January 10, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Correct, he isn’t the one condoning those rampaging Fulani herdsmen.. That must be the former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, and the PDP. Can I go back to boiling my beans now?

  17. Teez

    January 15, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Seriously!! Are our leaders jokers???? I m still in shock as to why all those sitting in abuja have not relocated to benue. Do you think it is easy to lose your own families and to make matters worse, not have a priviledge of givng them befitting burial?? At this point i make reference to yoruba proverb that says ” orisa boo le gbemi, sebi bi o se ba mi”

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