- A revelation has been given as to those causing violence in Nigeria
- President Buhari on Tuesday, February 16, said such persons are influential and resourceful
- The president said these persons will be identified and dealt with very soon
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President Muhammadu Buhari has claimed that the violence that has ravaged Nigeria especially recently is instigated by a handful of influential persons with resources.
This firm position by the president is contained in a statement issued by one of his media aides, Femi Adesina, which was read at the reception of a delegation of Borno/Yobe elders forum at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Punch reports.
In the statement, the president said his administration is poised to fish out this set of Nigerians and deal with them.
President Buhari added that his chief objective for the nation is to continue working for its stability for the good of all.
Part of the statement read:
“We need this country, we will continue to work for its stability I am confident that we will eventually convince the small number of people with resources and influence that are a nuisance to this great country.
“God willing, we will identify them, and deal with them. I am extremely concerned about your constituency like the rest of the country.”
Meanwhile, a cattle-rearer Fulani group Miyeti Allah had threatened to unleash violence if any of its members was harmed.
Saleh Alhassan, a spokesman of the group, made the declaration on Sunday, February 14, saying "nobody has the right to evict herdsmen."
According to him, Fulani herders "will resist eviction" and there would be retaliation for any killing of Fulani herders in the southern part of the country.
The Miyetti Allah leader also lauded the Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed on herders carrying AK-47 for self-defence.
Bala, speaking at the launch of the inaugural edition of the Bauchi correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)’s magazine on Thursday, February 11, had said the AK-47 rifles carried by herders are just weapons to tackle cattle-rustlers.
The Bauchi governor's statement had since generated a mixed reaction, with Samuel Ortom and Rotimi Akeredolu of Benue and Ondo state respectively slamming him for justifying illegal handling of firearms.
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