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President Muhammadu Buhari Says Impression of Him sitting in Air-conditioned Office & Not Caring About Farmers-Herdsmen Conflicts, is Dishonest

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  • President Muhammadu Buhari Says Impression of Him sitting in Air-conditioned Office & Not Caring About Farmers-Herdsmen Conflicts, is Dishonest

    President Muhammadu Buhari Says Impression of Him sitting in Air-conditioned Office Not Caring About Farmers-Herdsmen Conflicts, is Dishonest

    Muhammadu Buhari has said that he is doing his best to resolve the conflicts between farmers and herdsmen, even though some people think otherwise, The Cable Nigeria reports.

    The president has been accused of not doing enough to call herdsmen to order and also been criticised for failing to visit Benue, which has been the worst hit of clashes between farmers and herdsmen in recent times.

    However, while speaking to some Catholic bishops at the presidential villa in Abuja during their visit on Thursday, Buhari said security operatives would ensure prosecution of perpetrators and all those found with illegal arms in the affected areas.

    He outrightly condemned killings in Benue, Adamawa, Taraba, and Zamfara states.

    ‘‘The impression created that I was sitting in an air-conditioned office and home, enjoying myself while these things happened, is dishonest,” he said, as made available by The Cable Nigeria.

    ‘‘At every step, I have tried to foresee these problems because I have the experience as a former military officer who commanded three out of the four divisions of the Nigerian army, in Lagos, Ibadan and Jos.

    ‘‘I am quite aware of the problems we have and I am doing my best to get law enforcement agencies to be on alert.”

    Buhari explained that the policy proposed by federal government in order to resolve the frequent conflicts between herdsmen and farmers is not meant to colonise any part of the country.

    He said the intention of government is to create grazing locations for cattle rearers, which has now been “misconstrued as another form of colonization”.

    Buhari regretted that the “well-thought out” policy of his administration had been mostly misconstrued by a section of the public.

    He, however, assured the Catholic Bishops that the government would continue to explore all opportunities and support initiatives to guarantee peace and stability in restive areas.

    He went on to tell the bishops that no ethnic group or political zone has been deliberately marginalised in the appointments made so far by his administration.

    He pledged to take a second look at appointments made to redress issues being raised. A review which will be done after a compendium of all appointments has been submitted to him.

    The president added that he would not be tired of recounting remarkable progress recorded in the areas of security, economy and the fight against corruption, the news site continued.

    ‘‘We have done very well on security in the north-east, when you compare what the condition was before we came in and what it is now,” he said.

    ‘‘On the economy, particularly agriculture, I am very pleased that God answered the prayers of Nigerians who prayed for bountiful harvest.

    ‘‘People have taken advantage of federal government policies and programmes to return to the farm and they have not regretted.”

    On the fight against corruption, the president said, ‘‘People are being prosecuted systematically with evidence.”

    ‘‘If a permanent secretary has five houses in Abuja, two in Kaduna and one in Borno and Sokoto and he can’t account for the properties and there are bank transactions linking him to the properties, the prosecuting agencies will not have difficulties to make progress on the case.”

  • #2
    may God have mercy on us ooooh

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    • #3
      Why are you invoking God's mercy?

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