President Buhari will be traveling to Plateau State today, following the recent killings in the state which has attracted criticism against the Buhari-led Government and worldwide outcry.
The scheduled visit disclosure was shared by President Buhari’s media aide, Bashir Ahmed. His tweet reads;
President Muhammadu Buhari will later today, visit Jos, Plateau State over the recent killings in some part of the State.
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in Calabar, the Capital of Cross River State, where he is billed to commission Automated Rice Seed and Seedling Factory. He will later today, visit Jos, Plateau State over recent killings in some part of the State.
The President had initially blamed the recent attack in Plateau State which left 86 people dead and 50 houses burnt, on desperate politicians.
In a statement by Garba Shehu, his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Buhari said he is aware that other than geographical factors, politicians are taking advantage of the situation.
“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,” Buhari said.
“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.”
The statement added that according to information available to the presidency, about 100 cattle had been rustled by a community in Plateau while some herdsmen were killed in the process.
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) described the attacks as an act of retaliation. The association said 300 cows belonging to herdsmen were rustled, adding that no one should expect peace since the cattle were not found.
The comments received public outcry and condemnation by Nigerians across social media.