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I’ll Fish Out Perpetrators In Plateau State – Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has come out to say that his government is focused on destroying the perpetrators of the recent incidents of unrest in Plateau.

Buhari recently revealed this via a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, and Nigerians have been reacting.

According to him, religious, traditional and other community leaders have to preach peace and use their space for the propagation of violence and incitement to violence.

He added that the weary communities on the Plateau are currently reinforced with security personnel to safeguard lives and property in the state.

His words, “Attempts to simplify the reasons into a basic narrative may help raise donor-dollars for international NGOs, fill pages of overseas newspapers and burnish foreign politicians’ faith credentials; but this does not increase understanding, nor offer solutions.”

“If anything, simplistic theorising and finger-pointing make the situation worse.”

“It is important both for Nigerians and the international community to appreciate that there are a multitude of factors attendant to these troubles.”

“Yet, in reality there are no religious connotations at all when the primary purpose of these acts is to extract money.”

“Then the herder-farmer clashes. While international voices and some Nigerian politicians who seek personal gains from division declare this a matter of religion, for those involved, it is almost entirely a matter of access to water and land.”

“Herders have moved their cattle into contact with farmers for millennia.”

“But increasingly, due to population pressure, escalating aridity of northern states and climate change, they are forced to travel further south to find grazing lands.”

“Then, further afield in the South-East, IPOB are not struggling for freedom when they attack police stations and property, but rather committing acts of terrorism in order to steal money.”

“IPOB is not defending Christians, as their highly paid foreign lobbyists claim, when almost every citizen of those states they terrorize is uniformly Christian.”

“Yet mistakenly and because the lobbyists for IPOB have duped them, some misguided foreign media and politicians believe so.”

“As for Nigerians, what we need is to come together. And we must do this firstly and for the most part by our own hands, by casting asunder those who seek to divide us for their own nefarious financial and political gain.”

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