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Buhari: Killer Herdsmen Not Fulanis, They Gaddafi-Trained Terrorists From Libya Who Escaped Into Nigeria

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Buhari: Killer Herdsmen Not Fulanis, They Gaddafi-Trained Terrorists From Libya Who Escaped Into Nigeria

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Buhari: Killer Herdsmen Not Fulanis, They Gaddafi-Trained Terrorists From Libya Who Escaped Into Nigeria

By Austine Ehikioya

Who are the killer-herdsmen? They are gunmen trained by the late Libyan President Muammar Gadaffi, President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday.

The President spoke at the Abuja House in London when Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby visited him.

The gunmen, he said, escaped into Nigeria and other West African countries after Gadaffi’s death.

He spoke, even as suspected herdsmen killed 13 people in Benue and Nasarawa states on Tuesday.

Responding to Welby’s comment on the herdsmen and farmers’ clashes in some parts of the country, Buhari said:

”The problem is even older than us. It has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region.

“They 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.”

The President said “irresponsible politics” had been brought into the farmers/herders’ crisis, promising that enduring solutions would be found, and justice done to all concerned.

He said he declared his second-term bid on Monday before his London trip because many Nigerians were “talking too much” about whether he was going to run or not.

A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, quoted him as saying: ”I declared before leaving home because Nigerians were talking too much about whether I would run or not.

“So, I felt I should break the ice. We have many things to focus on, like security, agriculture, economy, anti-corruption, and many others. We needed to concentrate on them, and politics should not be a distraction.

“The majority of Nigerians appreciate what we are doing, and that is why I am re-contesting.”

On Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl still being held by insurgents, reportedly because she refused to renounce her faith, the President said:

”We are managing the matter quietly. Making noise would not help. We are collecting as much intelligence as possible, working with the Red Cross and other international organisations.

“There are too many fraudulent people around, who claim they can do this and that. We won’t deal with them. That was how we got the Dapchi girls back, and the Chibok girls.”

Archbishop Welby said it was always a delight to see President Buhari, “whom I have tremendous respect for,” adding:

“You have my best wishes on your recent decision. I read your declaration speech. We are neutral as a church, but we will pray for you. Great statesmen are those who run for the good of their country. We will be praying for you.”

Buhari in London on Wednesday

The Archbishop presented President Buhari with a copy of his recent book: “Reimagining Britain. Foundations for Hope.”



  1. Danti

    April 12, 2018 at 8:58 AM

    Complete nonsense by a derelict. We can never have this kind of problem if we dutifully manage our borders. How can a sitting President call this crisis a political fiction? I think some of his medications have robbed him of his decency. I think this comedy called Nigeria has to be stopped and every region should be allowed to govern themselves. Anachronistic people, like Buhari, are toxic for meaningful modern developments.

  2. ade

    April 12, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Stupid idiot

  3. Ifeoma

    April 12, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Boko Haram members are our mostly Kanuri, Hausa and Fulani brothers, that is why we are handling them with kids gloves – Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
    Killer Herdsmen not Fulanis (who are our brothers and cannot be declared as terrorists), they are Gaddafi-Trained Terrorists who just happens to be mostly Fulanis, Hausa and Kanuri – Mohammadu Buhari.
    IPOB, Niger Delta Millitants, even plus including OPC, yes, those can be declared as terrorists because they are not our “brothers”, they are from the South – …………………..

  4. uzoma

    April 12, 2018 at 1:49 PM

    Please find another lie to tell. If they are from Libya where did they get the cows from? did they sneak into Nigeria, stole cows from your Fulani kinsmen and started wandering all across Nigeria? What are they coming to do in Nigeria when thousands of your country men and women are trooping into their land and getting humiliated? This is an open face lie.

  5. Jilo

    April 12, 2018 at 1:50 PM

    Folks, let us not be biased in our opinion about who these Fulani herdsmen are because of their tribal relation to the president. In my own opinion, the attackers are not Fulani herdsmen as stated by Mr. president. These sect are being used by some politicians to undermine the current administration and to foil Buhari agenda to run for the second term. This is a fact.

    However, the president has not done much to put the activities of these fake herdsmen under control. I expect Mr. president to have gotten to the bottom of this issue by now by unmasking those behind this menace through his intelligence. If those criminals migrated from other Countries as stated by the President, then we should be able strengthening our boarder by hiring more immigration officer to control the influx of migrants and redeploy the military men to protect us from any foreign invaders. Also some of our military personnel are aiding and abetting these gang. This makes me believe that some politicians in Nigeria are sponsoring this attack. Otherwise, there is no way these herdsmen can be operating in the same military capacity.

    Having said this, I would like to conclude that this is a big issue especially to Mr. President because the activities of these people can truncate his administration if strong measure is not taken. This issue should be aggressively handled in form terrorism and if he needs some foreign help, he should start rolling his sleeve if he does not want this Country to collapse under his slow approach administration.

  6. AfricaLinked

    April 12, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    2019 is decision time. we must continue to move Nigeria foward

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