Opposition blackmailing me with herdsmen-farmers clashes — Buhari2 min read


It’s unfair to accuse him of killings — Gowon

President Muhammadu Buhari said, yesterday, that the opposition was blackmailing him with herdsmen and farmers clashes and asked Ekiti people to be wary of the blackmail against his person.

The President spoke on a day former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, said it was unfair to blame President Muhammadu Buhari for the incessant killings in the conflict between farmers and herders in some parts of Nigeria.

He said: “They are  blackmailing me, saying I have not done anything about the farmers/herdsmen clashes because I am a Fulani man.

“But this is a cheap blackmail. We are doing everything to curtail the situation and provide a lasting solution to the problem.”

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The President, who spoke at the grand rally of APC governorship candidate, Kayode Fayemi, in Ado-Ekiti, was apparently referring to the campaign stunts of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, branding the APC’s Federal Government as irresponsive to the herdsmen/farmers clashes.

Ekiti State led a couple of states in the enactment of the anti-open grazing laws, which had been criticised by the Federal Government.

Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State had also been frontal in accusing the President of allowing the killings to continue, citing his ethnic origin as a major factor.

President Muhammadu Buhari .

It’s unfair to accuse Buhari of killings — Gowon

Meanwhile, former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd), has said it was unfair to blame President Buhari for the incessant killings in the conflict between farmers and herders in some parts of Nigeria.

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Gowon, who was Nigeria’s military ruler between 1966 and 1974, said he believed the President had no hand in the killings.

“The Buhari I know will not be involved in such things. Certainly, no leader will encourage his people to be killed,” he said.

He spoke, yesterday, at Plateau State Government House when he paid a condolence visit to Governor Simon Lalong over the resurgence of violence in the state.

Gowon condemned social media reports linking the President to killings in Nigeria, describing the reports as unfortunate.

He also decried the past practice of releasing arrested suspects without trial, stressing that “people arrested should be investigated and prosecuted in Jos where the crime was committed.”

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Thanking him for the visit, Governor Lalong said the state government had reviewed the state laws to prosecute perpetrators of killings.