President Muhammadu Buhari says it is unfair to blame him for the herdsmen-farmer crisis that has claimed many lives in parts of the country.
Buhari who was in Plateau State on Tuesday said the “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,” the President said in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.
He asked the media to discharge their duties responsibly and be mindful of what is being given to them to report.
President Buhari further condemned the latest attack in Plateau and condoled with the affected families, the government and people of the state.
He also wished those injured a speedy recovery.
The President who was accompanied to the meeting by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and his counterparts from Kebbi and Niger states also holds interactive session with residents where he appeal to Nigerians to avoid inflammatory utterances that endanger peace or promote conflicts.
President Buhari, however, said, “It is noteworthy that many Nigerians still acknowledge that despite the security challenges, this administration has made notable successes in the security sector.”