President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said expectations about him bringing a stop to the activities of militia Fulani herdsmen are high among Nigerians adding that he was doing his best to the effect.
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Buhari was quoted to have stated this on Tuesday during an interactive session with stakeholders in Jos, Plateau State, over the recent attacks that left scores of people dead.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President warned Nigeria against stoking up tension through inflammatory remarks capable of threatening the country’s fragile peace adding that the impression that he was doing nothing to stop the carnage being perpetrated by militia Fulani herdsmen was erroneous.
He added that in some quarters, some people were of the view that he should call the rampaging militia to order on alleged account that he resembled them.
“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,” Shehu quoted the president as saying.