The Presidency has reiterated claims by President Muhammadu Buhari that there are some politicians sponsoring criminals to carry out killings in the guise of herdsmen in Nigeria.
Buhari noted that the herder-farmer crisis is a complex one and can be blamed on many issues including climate change but the President also suggested that the killings also had some political undertone.
A statement released by the presidency revealed that the government is working towards bringing an end to the crisis.
“The Nigerian government is working closely with state governments and the security services – as well as international partners – in order to resolve this ongoing issue.
“The clashes between herders and farmers are historical. The causes of these confrontations are varied and complex.
“Climate change, specifically the drying up of the Chad Basin, has led to more pressure on the population in the North of Nigeria, which further compounded the problem.
“As President Buhari indicated lately, there is evidence of involvement of some politicians using criminals to perpetuate the killings.
“Climate change is an issue of global significance and the Nigerian government is determined to continue working closely with its neighbours in order to ensure that a long-term solution can be implemented.
“The federal government makes no distinction amongst the population and works tirelessly to protect all Nigerian people.
“We are strongest as a nation when we are united and it is through unity that we will overcome this challenge.”
Most of the attacks have been against villagers in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau and Nasarawa States in recent months. The attackers regularly storm settlements to carry out their carnage, often in large numbers.