Herdsmen killed over 756 in two years under Jonathan – Presidency

The Presidency on Wednesday said over 756 people were killed by herdsmen in two years under former President Goodluck Jonathan.

It said it would , therefore, be wrong to insinuate that the recent killings happened because President Muhammadu Buhari is a Fulani man .
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity , Mr . Femi Adesina , disclosed these in a video he posted on his Facebook page. He insisted that the recent spate of killings by herdsmen in parts of the country had nothing to do with Buhari being Fulani .
The presidential spokesman 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 .
“ In 2014, there were about 16 of such tragic developments with more than 231 people killed . And then 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 ?”

According to him , this shows that the issue of herdsmen attacking settlements 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 .
“ But I will just like to appeal to Nigerians that the Muhammadu Buhari government is determined to crack this issue , is determined to get to the bottom of it and it will get done ,” he added .



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