Fulani Herdsmen Attacks: Buhari Is Blameless, Says Northern Governors’ Forum

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From Shettima Abdullahi, Kaduna
The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has condemned in strong terms attempts by some leaders from the South-East to blame President Muhammadu Buhari for a recent bloody attack on Ukpabi Nimbo.
They also condemned an attempt to link Fulani herdsmen with the attack that left scores of people dead or similar attacks at other part of Nigeria.
In a communiqué read to reporters by the chairman of the forum and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, after a closed-door meeting that lasted for over five hours, in Kaduna, the governors noted the danger of labelling the masterminds of the Enugu attack as Fulani herdsmen on account of religion or tribe.
The governors while condemning the recent attacks in Agatu community in Benue State and that of Enugu State, called on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the attack in order to stop the dangerous generalization or labelling certain tribe or people of certain faith as responsible for the attacks.
According to the NGF, linking the gunmen attacks to Fulani herdsmen, could cause mistrust and likely incite people of different tribes and faith who have lived together peacefully for decades.
The governors also supported the idea of building ranches and grazing routes for herdsmen, as a long term measure to address the frequent clashes between them and local farmers.
Critics had raised concerns over President Buhari’s silence on the alleged herdsmen attacks.

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