President Muhammadu Buhari was in Jos, Plateau State capital on Tuesday and this is how he reacted to the brutal killing of over 86 people by suspected herdsmen.

Buhari faulted those who accused him of being silent on killings being carried out by suspected herdsmen in parts of the country.

He said there was injustice in such aspersions.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke during an interactive session with indigenes in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

Buhari said people were blaming him for not talking to the herdsmen probably because he looked like them.

He appealed to Nigerians to avoid inflammatory utterances that could endanger peace or promote conflicts.

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The President said, “Whatever is being given to the media, we have to be very responsible about it.

"Take for instance the situation in Benue. The Benue subsistence farmer knows that the Nigerian cattle herder that he knows doesn’t carry nothing more than a stick, occasionally sometimes something to cut grass to feed his cattle.

"But the present herder, I am told, carries AK47 and people are even blaming me for not talking to them because maybe (they say) I look like one of them."

He directed security chiefs in the country to remain vigilant and ensure the protection of lives and property.

He also urged traditional and community leaders to complement government efforts by persuading their constituencies to tolerate one another for peace and unity in the country.

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