One of the major success President Muhammadu Buhari has recorded in his first year is security but this is now being threatened by attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen and renewed militancy in the Niger Delta. But President Muhammadu Buhari is not worried; he says the security agencies are working to end these attacks. He also traced the possible origin of the killer herdsmen to Libya.
“Note that Gaddafi ruled Libya for 43 years. During his 43 years, Libya was a small country in terms of population, but very big in terms of resources. They have oil reserves, light crude like Nigeria’s crude. But he was quite generous to some of the countries in the Sahel. He took their young men and trained them. But unfortunately, he didn’t train them to become electricians or plumbers, bricklayers or mechanics. They were trained to shoot and kill. When that administration was removed, of course those who removed his administration knew that he stabilised his country by using these people from the Sahel. So they pursued them and they went back home,” President Buhari said on Thursday when he hosted a select group of editors as part of activities marking his first year in office.
“You know what happened in Burkina Faso, Mali, and a few of them we believe are around the North East. I am sure you know that here in Nigeria, our border with our northern neighbour, Niger is at least 1,500km-long – it is an open country and you cannot stop donkeys from crossing, you cannot stop camels neither can you stop people from crossing the borders. Only God can effectively guard these borders. So some of them found their way here.
“Even on the recent herdsmen (killings), I asked one of the governors if the herdsmen were fighting perennially with the farmers and he said there was a difference. Which means that these people were either hired to come and fight and worsen the ethnic relationship in Nigeria or they have no profession other than fighting for a fee. But these are just reports that still have to be confirmed later. So that is what I can answer about the herdsmen and I think the law enforcement agencies are working very hard to identify them,” Buhari said.