This is what Buhari claimed during an interview with Arise TV.
“The Nigerian rancher carries nothing but a stick … sometimes a machete to cut a few trees,” said Buhari.
“But these sophisticated ones that go with AK-47 … in all Sahel regions people rush to Nigeria. You know, the Fulani from Mauritania and Central Africa look the same. So they think they are the Nigerians. “
Clashes between farmers and shepherds are widespread and sometimes fatal in the country.
Buhari said he directed government officials to,” Gazette’s First Republic “to identify the cattle routes to contain the clashes.
” There are cattle routes and pastures, “said Buhari.” You have to stay there, and if you allow your cattle, into the farm advising someone else you will be arrested. “
He added that” the routes and areas are known “and warned that intruders” will “be dispossessed.”
Buhari said that a community-level conflict resolution system would be helpful in addressing the farmer-shepherd conflict.
He said he should ask two governors of the Southwest to use existing traditional institutions to resolve the problem on the ground.
However, the president frowned at criticism from the state governor Benue, Samuel Ortom, on the government’s proposal to create an alternative to open pasture.
“Benue State Governor said that I don’t discipline the ranchers because I am one of them – and I am can’t refuse to say that I’m not one of them, “said Buhari.
” But he’s very unfair to me. “
Buhari said he was in the military and ordered the police to be “ruthless” against bandits. Terrorizing the northwestern region of the country.
“Problem in the northwest; You have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages. As I said, we will treat them in the language they understand. We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. If you look at it in a couple of weeks there will be a difference.
“Because we told them if we keep people off their farm we will starve. And the government can’t publicize control.