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Buhari not a killer — Femi Adesina

In the wake of outrage forced by the killings in
Benue, Taraba and Adamawa states by
herdsmen, a Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi
Adesina, has frowned at those accusing
President Muhammadu Buhari of condoning
the massacres occasioned by farmers/
herdsmen conflicts across the country.
Adesina, who is the Special Adviser to the
President on Media and Publicity, in a video
message he posted on his personal Facebook
account on Wednesday in Abuja, dismissed
the insinuations that the President was
condoning the killing because he is a Fulani
man.
According to him, such killings by herdsmen
predated the Buhari administration.
He said: “Something that is disturbing that I
have heard about it is linking those
developments to the fact that a Fulani man is
president and so, he is brooking such kind of
evil acts.
“I think that is very unkind. And I will try to
back my position with statistics.
“In 2013, particularly, there were nine cases of
herdsmen invading communities in Benue
state alone and more than 190 people were
killed.”
The presidential aide also noted that in 2014,
there were about 16 of such tragic
developments with more than 231 people
killed.
He further explained that there was a change
of government in May 2015, but between
January and May 2015, there were six attacks
which left about 335 people dead.
“Now, the question is, during that period, did
we have a Fulani president? This is showing
us that the issue of herdsmen attacking
settlements, attacking farmers, attacking
communities is pure criminality and it is
something that government must deal with.
“It is the duty of government to preserve the
lives of the citizenry. It is the responsibility of
government to maintain law and order and
that this government is determined to do.
“Therefore, let nobody say that all this is
happening because we have a Fulani
president.
“We have had many Fulani presidents in the
past and this issue of herders and local
communities at loggerheads has predated this
government,” he added.
Adesina, therefore, appealed to all citizens to
continue to support and cooperate with the
Buhari administration as the government was
poised to find lasting solutions to the
conflicts.
According to him, the government is
determined to get to the bottom of it and it
will get done. (NAN)

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