PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Fulani herdsmen responsible for killings in Nigeria were trained and armed by Muammar Gadaffi of Libya.
He stated this in a statement signed by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) while receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London on Wednesday.
Buhari lamented that “irresponsible politics” has been brought into the farmers/herders’ crisis but assured that enduring solutions would be found, and justice done to all concerned.
“The problem is even older than us. It has always been there but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region. These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Gadaffi of Libya.
“When he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram. Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way, but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons. The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions.” Buhari said.
Blaming Gaddafi An Embarrassment To Nigeria ― Fayose
Meanwhile, Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has said that President Buhari should be made to read speeches, saying his speaking extempore was “becoming an embarrassment to Nigerians.”
The governor in a statement, on Thursday said President Buhari’s claim that former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, should be blamed for the ongoing herdsmen killings across the North Central of Nigeria was indeed a national embarrassment to Nigeria.
In the statement by his special assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said: “It is embarrassingly shameful that the President has taken his blame game to the international level by blaming the dead for his cluelessness.
“Very soon, President Buhari will blame those who elected him for his failure.
The governor who described the President’s statement as embarrassing, asked how many Libyans were killed by herdsmen in the last three years.
“Nigerians are accusing President Buhari and his government of complicity in the herdsmen killings and all that the President could do in response is to blame Gaddafi, who became history seven years ago? This is no doubt another international embarrassment from a President who knows nothing other than to blame people for his own failure.
“He thinks those handling the President should see to it that he is prevented from speaking outside Nigeria without a prepared speech.
“The other time, he went to Germany to embarrass Nigeria by referring to the chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, as ‘President Michelle of West Germany.”
Governor Fayose said President Buhari should rather face the reality of his government’s failure to secure the lives and properties of Nigerians as well as its seeming culpability in the herdsmen killings instead of going to foreign lands to advertise his cluelessness by blaming the dead.