- President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to Zamfara killings
- The president said that steps had been taken including replacing all police officers that had served there for more than three years
- Buhari, however, said that the killings Benue and Taraba were reported more because of ethnic and religious considerations
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the killings in Zamfara state were worse than those of Benue and Taraba states combined.
The Punch reports that the president said during an interview aired on Arise TV that the killings Benue and Taraba were reported more because of ethnic and religious considerations.
Legit.ng gathered that 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 is to ask for responsible reportage and leadership.
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“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.”
The president said herdsmen are known to carry sticks which are used in directing their cattle and occasionally machetes which they use in cutting grass for the feeding of their animals.
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.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, said that he is ready to leave his position as governor if it would guarantee the return of peace and security to the state.
There has been a call for the declaration of a state of emergency in the state following bandit killings.
Yari said he was in support of the establishment of a state of emergency as long as stability will be returned to the state.
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