In furtherance of the farmers-herders clash narrative he perpetuated, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has sadly described as farmers the 45 citizens murdered and scores injured by terrorists who invaded their ancestral homes in Nasarawa State, in an attack which started on Friday morning and continued up till Sunday night.
On Tuesday, the Nigerian Tribune reported an eyewitness account that trouble started when a herder was killed by “unidentified hoodlums” on Friday at Obi and the following day the invasion of more than 12 communities across the three local government areas of Lafia, Obi and Awe began as reprisals.
President Buhari should explain how the murder of 45 indigenous Nigerian citizens in their ancestral homes in more than 12 communities across 3 local government areas because a herder was allegedly murdered in a single community qualify as a clash between them and others occasioned by occupational differences?
The president should not forget that he took an oath to protect the lives and properties of thousands of residents in the communities that have been killed or displaced following the invasion and the dozens of others who sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment at hospitals across the 3 local government areas.
Rather than lamenting, President Buhari should consequently find their killers and not make statements that obscure the fact that indigenous Nigerian communities are under terrorist attacks by a belligerent force.
In the statement released by Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity) Garba Shehu on behalf of the Presidency, in which the Nasarawa killings was described as heart-wrenching, President Buhari said the sympathies of the entire nation were with the affected families.
He sadly credited the acts of terrorism to renewed hostilities in Lafia, Obi and Awe Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State as if to justify it.
“I assure the people with all seriousness and sensitivity that this administration is doing its best to safeguard the security of people and will leave no stone unturned in fishing out the perpetrators of this senseless and barbaric incident, and bring them to justice,” he added.
He also expressed condolences to the government and people of the State, and expressed satisfaction with the immediate response of the State government to the incident.