…Orders deployment of policemen to Zamfara
By Lawrence Olaoye
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged victims of farmers, herders nationwide to allow the due process of the law to take its course rather than taking matters into their own hands.
The President also, alleged that politicians are taking advantage of the ongoing herders/farmers clashes in the country to settle personal scores.
Buhari in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, also decried how increasingly cheap human life was becoming in Nigeria, as desperate people pursued their quest for instability and chaos which they hoped would give them an advantage in the coming elections.
In his reaction to the recent crisis in Plateau state which had left scores dead, the President said “We know that a number of geographical and economic factors are contributing to the longstanding herdsmen/farmers clashes. But we also know that politicians are taking advantage of the situation. This is incredibly unfortunate.”
According to him, “Nigerians affected by the herdsmen/ farmer clashes must always allow the due process of the law to take its course rather than taking matters into their own hands.”
He continued “According to information available to the Presidency, about one hundred cattle had been rustled by a community in Plateau State, and some herdsmen were killed in the process.
The state governor, Simon Lalong, had invited the aggrieved groups and pleaded against further action while the law enforcement agents looked into the matter. Less than 24 hours later, violence broke out.
“Some local thugs then took advantage of the situation, turning it into an opportunity to extort the public, and to attack people from rival political parties. There were reports of vehicles being stopped along the roads in the state, with people being dragged out of their cars and attacked if they stated that they supported certain politicians or political party.
On his way back to Jos after attending the All Progressives Congress (APC) Convention in Abuja, the state governor had to dismantle a number of illegal road blocks set up by these thugs. There were also a number of dead bodies thugs had killed, lying along the road.”
The president also yesterday ordered the deployment of policemen to Zamfara, saying that, “following his dissatisfaction with the performance of the Police in Zamfara State, he ordered a massive transfer of officers and men who had stayed three years and above in the troubled State.”
The president disclosed this when a delegation of Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria visited him at the State House.
Buhari who said he would not go to jail because he was a transparent man, appealed to the religious leaders to instruct their followers on the importance of possessing their own voters’ cards which he described as a “national entitlement,” and to preach justice to all which is an instituted pillar of Islam.