Buhari attributes Killings in Nigeria to fall of Gaddafi, defends herdsmen

WorldStage Newsonline— President Muhammadu Buhari has said the fall of Muamar Gadaffi of Libya led to arms proliferation in Nigeria and worsened banditry, insurgency as well as farmers/herders clashes across the country.

The president made the statement today in an interview aired on Arise TV while responding to questions on killings going on in Zamfara State.

He however defended the herdsmen over their attacks on farmers in Benue and Plateau states, saying herdsmen were only known to carry sticks which were used in directing their cattle and occasionally machetes which they use in cutting grass for the feeding of their animals.

Buhari also declared that killings in Zamfara State were worse than those of Benue and Taraba states combined, but that those of Benue and Taraba were being reported more because of ethnic and religious considerations.

When asked why the level of insecurity had increased in Katsina, Benue, Plateau, Zamfara, and Borno states, the President said, “The problem I think the press can help to stabilise the country (sic) is to ask for responsible reportage and leadership.

“The reason is the number of people killed in Taraba and Benue put together are not up to the number of people killed in Zamfara State but what the leadership of Benue and Taraba are reporting is an ethnic and religious thing which is very unfair to Nigeria.”

He said with the fall of Muamar Gadaffi of Libya, there was a massive arms proliferation which worsened the crisis in Nigeria.

Buhari said in the case of Zamfara, many steps had been taken including replacing all police officers that had served there for more than three years.

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