Come to think of it, these Herdsmen that are making national and international news this season have always been around. My memory serves me right to suggest that they have always enjoyed what seems to be an immunity to restriction. So, no one can suggest to me that it’s a tribal thing. What baffles me though is this; why all of a sudden has it become big news? I can’t give any plausible reason why the herdsmen appear to be blood thirsty. The good news is that, President Buhari has come to the conclusion that this menace does not want to go away, hence the issuance of a press statement through his Senior Special Adviser on media, Garba Shehu, posted below. This nuisance needs to be nipped very quickly before it gets out of hand. – Jide Salu
ENDING UPSURGE OF ATTACKS ON COMMUNITIES BY HERDSMEN NOW A NATIONAL PRIORITY
Following continuing reports of attacks by “herdsmen” on communities across the country, particularly Monday’s attack on Ukpabi Nimbo in Enugu State, President Muhammadu Buhari assures all Nigerians, once again, of his administration’s continued commitment to ensuring the safety of lives and property in all parts of the country.
President Buhari unreservedly condemns the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo on other such acts of extreme violence against communities in other states of the Federation.
Acting on the President’s directive, the Inspector-General of Police and heads of the nation’s other security agencies are already taking urgent steps to fully investigate the attacks, apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
Ending the recent upsurge of attacks on communities by herdsmen reportedly armed with sophisticated weapons is now a priority on the Buhari Administration’s agenda for enhanced national security and the Armed Forces and Police have clear instructions to take all necessary action to stop the carnage.
In keeping with the President’s directive, the Inspector-General of Police, the General Officer Commanding the 82nd Division of the Nigerian Army and the Director of the Department of State Security in Enugu State have visited Ukapbi Nimbo to personally oversee investigations into the attack on the community and ongoing efforts to apprehend the culprits.
Meanwhile, President Buhari is scheduled to meet with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi later today to receive further briefing on the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo and discuss additional measures to forestall similar attacks and restore public confidence.
The President urges all Nigerians to remain calm and assured of his administration’s readiness to deploy all required personnel and resources to remove this new threat to the collective security of the nation.
SSA to the President
(Media & Publicity)
April 27, 2016