President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed the notion that he is on the side of the gun-wielding herdsmen, describing such notion as unfair.
Buhari revealed that people have accused him of being biased on the matter because ‘he looks like one of the herdsmen’.
The President made this remark on Tuesday Buhari during an interactive session with stakeholders in Plateau state.
The session had in attendance governors, Simon Lalong (Plateau), Abubakar Bello (Niger) and Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi).
The president has been accused of keeping silent on the killings by suspected herders across the country.
After the attack on Plateau, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) said no one should expect peace because they lost 300 cows, indirectly taking responsibility for the killings.
However, in his reaction to the mass killing, Buhari blamed the continued attacks on desperate politicians whom he says were taking advantage of the situation ahead of the 2019 elections.
‘‘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,” Buhari said.
‘‘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, however, said 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.