The Federal Government has denied insinuation that President Muhammadu Buhari is behind the killing spree by Fulani herdsmen across the country.
Government also implored the Nigeria Police Force to publish the names of Fulani herders undergoing trials in various states of the Federation.
Also, the Presidency dispelled reports that Buhari, who is of Fulani heritage, was complicit in the herdsmen crisis rocking many parts of the nation.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Shehu specifically spoke on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily’ programme.
According to the Presidency spokesman, “The president is more than concerned of the ongoing situation; he is fully conscious of the fact that it is the responsibility of his government; to work with Nigerians to secure lives and stop the ongoing crisis; whether they are kidnappings or the new line of ethnic violence. He condemns it and he does not support it.
“Having spoken against it, it follows that all security agencies must take their line of action from the president’s remark; and do that which is necessary which is to stop the escalation of the violent attacks being witnessed in some parts of the country; and ensure that it does not go beyond where it has been recorded.”
Shehu also described as “uncharitable”, comments made against Buhari; adding that many criminal Fulani herders are being prosecuted.
“I hope the headquarters of the police will take responsibility; and publish the full list of Fulani herders who are undergoing trials in various states, particularly in Benue State.
“Trials are going on, convictions have been made and the president cannot be complicit. It is very uncharitable. The president cannot be complicit in the kinds of things being said of him,” he added.