March 22, 2019

Herdsmen’s attacks: Don’t make Buhari scapegoat –Ajomale


Tunde Thomas

Lagos State chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and chairman, Conference of APC states chairmen, Chief Henry Ajomale, has urged Nigerians to close ranks and come up with workable solutions to the recurring farmers/herdsmen clashes across the country rather than continue to attack President Muhammadu Buhari over the crisis.

He also spoke on other issues of interest.

What is your reaction to the national outcry that followed recent killings by Fulani herdsmen in Benue, Taraba, and other parts of the country?

It is very sad and very unfortunate. The killings have become a national tragedy. But I believe that the situation will soon be under permanent control as the president has ordered security agencies to take control of the situation. And to show that President Muhammadu Buhari took the issue serious, he ordered the Inspector-General of Police to relocate to Benue State.

What however baffles and worries me is the upsurge in these killings, after all Fulani herdsmen and their host communities all over the country have been living together in harmony for decades without rancour.

This is why I support the arguments by some Nigerians that these killings are being carried out by some foreigners who passed through our borders to wreak havoc on innocent Nigerians. There was a recent security report that these killings are being carried out by some members of the dreaded ISIS terrorist groups who had infiltrated the country. There have also been claims that it is Boko Haram  terrorists that are carrying out these attacks. Unfortunately, many Nigerians are pointing fingers at Fulani herdsmen with some even saying these Fulani herdsmen are carrying out the attacks because President Buhari, a fellow Fulani man is the president.

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Buhari has never condoned any killing. Look at it again this way, these Fulani herdsmen, how many of them have money to purchase sophisticated arms like AK47 rifles that these killers are using? However it is good that investigations are now being carried out by our security agencies to unmask these killers.

Some Nigerians including members of the PDP have been heaping blames on President Buhari, accusing him of not taking necessary actions to deal with the menace of Fulani herdsmen, what’s your take on that?

It is very unfair to make President Buhari a scapegoat over these killings. These killings have been taking place before Buhari assumed office. The killings took place when Obasanjo was there, it took place when Yar’Adua was there and it took place during the time of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

I believe some Nigerians are just being mischievous especially PDP members and their apologists. They are just looking at any way to get back at Buhari because of the ongoing anti-corruption war which has affected many PDP members. It is corruption fighting back. When somebody now sneezes or cough it is Buhari. It is these looters and enemies of the anti-corruption war that are behind the smear campaign against Buhari.

Like I said earlier, to forestall further killings and in order to restore peace to the affected communities, the President had ordered security agencies to secure the affected areas to prevent further destruction and loss of lives.

Since he assumed office, Buhari has been trying his best to tackle various socio-economic challenges facing Nigeria, but some Nigerians are not comfortable with his anti-corruption war and this is why some of them are deliberately destroying the man’s name – this is why they are trying to demonise him. But Buhari and APC will not be distracted by these few disgruntled elements as the president and APC have a mission to fulfil. APC is on a rescue mission and that mission is to salvage Nigeria. Sixteen years of PDP’s rule of Nigeria were years of waste. They were years of the locust.

But the PDP has been boasting that Nigerians can now see that things were not this bad when it was in power, how do you react to that?

It is unfortunate that these PDP leaders can still have courage to be speaking in public. Was it not under the yoke and burden of 16 years of PDP in power that Nigeria almost became bankrupt? Nigeria would have by now become a failed state if PDP and Jonathan were still there.

Unlike now when Nigerians are more secured, Boko Haram was having a field day during Jonathan’s era, bombings became a daily occurrence. It became so worst that Boko Haram suicide bombers bombed Police Headquarters in Abuja; they bombed United Nations’ office also in Abuja. At a point, Boko Haram suicide bombers almost stormed Aso Rock. No Nigerian was safe. It is unfortunate that these PDP leaders talking now and some Nigerians have short memory.

Credits:  Sun news.

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