What Buhari Told Archbishop Welby On Herdsmen Attacks
As usual, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Reverend Justin Welby, visited President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in London and wanted to know why it had become difficult for his administration to address the herdsmen and farmers crisis.
In his response, President Buhari told him that the herdsmen-farmers crisis in Nigeria was older than his administration.
“The problem is even older than us.
“It has always been there but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region.
“These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Gadaffi of Libya.
“When he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram.
“Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way, but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons.
“The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions,” Buhari said.
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In a statement by one of his spokesmen, President Buhari also blamed “irresponsible politics” for the crisis.
Politics has been brought into the farmers/herders’ crisis, he said.
Herdsmen crisis has increased in this year beyond what it was in previous years, with north central states bearing the heaviest burden.