President Muhammadu Buhari has once again accused politicians of blackmailing him over the killings of Nigerians in what has been dubbed as the herders-farmers crisis that has claimed many lives.
Hundreds have been killed as cattle herders have severally clashed with local farming communities over the control of land, with most of the killings blamed on killer herdsmen.
While speaking at a mega rally of the All Progressives’ Congress, APC, in Ekiti State on Tuesday, the president said mischievous politicians have been wrongfully accusing him of failing to take action on the crisis because of his Fulani ethnicity, the same as that of the herdsmen held largely responsible for the killings.
He said contrary to the allegations, his administration is committed to protecting the lives and properties of Nigerians.
He said, “May I again clear the air on the issue of herdsmen and the farmers conflict. Many politicians in their mischievous attitude have been blackmailing me and the APC-led administration purporting that I have not taken any action on the issue because I am a Fulani man.
“The ill-achieved blackmail, like I said recently, the protection of lives and properties of Nigerians is my responsibility.
“This I have vowed to do and will stick to the oath of office. I assure you that measures are being taken to ensure lasting solutions.”