Nigerian Herdsmen Don't Carry AK-47, Buhari Tells Trump
It is not clear how Nigerians will take this comments of President Muhammadu Buhari when he met with President Donald Trump on Monday.
One of the issues that was discussed at the meeting held at the White House was the killings in some Nigerian states, allegedly carried out by herdsmen.
When commenting on the issue, President Muhammadu Buhari said herdsmen in Nigeria do not carry guns but only wield sticks and sometimes machetes.
Again, President Buhari also said herdsmen crisis in Nigeria was an age-long challenge.
“The problem of herders in Nigeria is a very long historical thing.
The Nigerian herders don’t carry anything more than a stick and occasionally a matchete to cut down foliage and give it to their animals, these ones are carrying AK-47.
“So, people should not underrate what happened in Libya.
"Forty-three years of Gaddafi, people were recruited from Sahel and trained to shoot and kill. With the demise of Gaddafi they moved to other countries and region and carried the experience with them,” he said.
It is the second time in a month that President Buhari is blaming the fall of Gaddafi for the increase in attacks on Nigerian communities, the latest happening in a church in Benue State.
Over 13 worshippers were killed by persons believed to be herdsmen.
Attacks are still occurring despite military presence in the area.