By Ismaila Chafe
In the wake of concern pressured by the killings in Benue, Taraba and Adamawa States by herdsmen, a Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, has frowned at these accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of condoning the massacres occasioned by farmers/herdsmen conflicts throughout the nation.
Adesina, who’s the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a video message he posted on his private Facebook account on Wednesday in Abuja, dismissed the insinuations that the President was condoning the killing as a result of he’s a Fulani man.
According to him, such killings by herdsmen predated the Buhari administration.
He mentioned: “Something that’s disturbing that I’ve heard about it’s linking these developments to the truth that a Fulani man is president and so, he’s brooking such type of evil acts.
“I believe that may be very unkind. And I’ll attempt to again my place with statistics.
“In 2013, notably, there have been 9 instances of herdsmen invading communities in Benue state alone and greater than 190 folks had been killed.’’
The presidential aide additionally famous that in 2014, there have been about 16 of such tragic developments with greater than 231 folks killed.
He additional defined that there was a change of presidency in May 2015, however between January and May 2015, there have been six assaults which left about 335 folks useless.
“Now, the query is, throughout that interval, did we have now a Fulani president? This is exhibiting us that the problem of herdsmen attacking settlements, attacking farmers, attacking communities is pure criminality and it’s one thing that authorities should cope with.
“It is the obligation of presidency to protect the lives of the citizenry. It is the accountability of presidency to take care of regulation and order and that this authorities is set to do.
“Therefore, let no person say that each one that is taking place as a result of we have now a Fulani president.
“We have had many Fulani presidents prior to now and this concern of herders and native communities at loggerheads has predated this authorities,’’ he added.
Adesina, due to this fact, appealed to all residents to proceed to assist and cooperate with the Buhari administration as the federal government was poised to seek out lasting options to the conflicts.
According to him, the federal government is set to unravel it and it’ll get carried out.