Buhari condemns Benue killings

Muhammadu Buhari talking
President Muhammadu Buhari

The All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate Campaign Organisation, Muhammadu Buhari, has deplored the frequent resort to violence to deal with perceived grievances by the people.

Reacting to the incident at Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, where dozens, mainly women and children were killed in cold blood by suspected herdsmen, the APC presidential candidate said in a statement in Abuja on Monday that the resort to violence in whatever form is not acceptable and justifiable, no matter the grievances.

Garba Shehu, Director of Media and Publicity of the APC presidential campaign organization, quoted Mr. Buhari as saying that the cordial relationships that once existed between and among the people have been replaced by intolerance and hate.

According to the statement, leadership is the key to dealing with frequent communal clashes between Fulanis and Benue communities over disputes about farmlands and grazing lands.

Mr. Buhari said political leaders should be able to build trust among the people as the basis for dialogue, adding that “if the people can no longer listen to their leaders, such crises might persist and make life more miserable for the people”.

While condoling the families of the of the victims of violence in Benue State, Mr. Buhari called on all politicians regardless of partisan divide, to unite and speak with one voice over these embarrassing incidents.

He explained that confidence building is the only approach the people that could bring the people together for dialogue at the negotiation table, adding that “in moments of tensions, leaders should rise to the occasion and be part of the solution”.


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  • Suki

    WE THE APC YOUTHS NOW DEMAND THAT YOU DO NOT KILL OUR PARTY
    WE DEMAND PROOF OF EVIDENCE TO ENABLE APC CONTEST ELECTION:

    • progress

      Mumu, you are still at that bus stop?

  • taiwo

    forget your crocodile tears we know about your plot to displace the people knowing they wont vote for you but you failed woefully once more

  • Rollingdollar

    Premium times is being clever by half! Did anyone else notice how the left out the word ‘Fulani herdsmen’ and instead addressed the killers as ‘herdsmen’? This is because Buhari has always supported Fulani herdsmen in their violent campaign over the years. So tell Buhari to STUFF his condemnation of the killings. We know who you are.

  • C3kwe

    Buhari, why you are a joke is because, since your adult life you have never condemned any killing meted by your fulani kinsmen, you even went to the yoruba land to justify their killing and maiming. But since became the janjaweed apc presidential candidate, you now say you condemn. But who will believe you?

  • What Buhari probably does realise is the political angle to these killings in Benue, Plateau, Taraba and Kaduna state. What I have learnt is going round in parts of Benue state now is the campaign not to vote for Buhati because he’s a Fulani and Fulanis are killing Benue people. This then situates the killing at the doorstep of government that wants to win elections at all cost. Buhari will regret if he takes this with levity. No one should underrate the determination of the PDP to win this election at all cost.

  • Ibitoye Aremu (Okitipupa)

    “If what happened in 2011 should again happen in 2015, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood…Revolution is inevitable in 2015 if I lose.” – M.BUHARI

    “The next election is likely to be violent and many people are likely going to die…”- Nasiru El-RUFIA

    “I am putting Jonathan on notice that he must leave office come 2015.”- Mr Ango ABDULAHI

    “If Jonathan insists on running, there will be bloodshed…His running will amount to taking northerners for a ride. So, there will be bloodshed.” – Junaid MUHAMMED

    “You ‘rig & roast’…” – Malam Bola TINUBU

    QUESTION:
    Still wondering why the blood keep flowing? Violence begets violence. Then The jobless & irresponsible Terrorist vampire politicians need to explain.

  • Total

    For the very first time. He had always been a Fulani before a Nigerian. The desperation for vote made him utter the inconvenient. He went to warn the sitting governor of Oyo state to ask his people to stop killing Fulanis no minding what Fulanis did to the land owners. Day by day God keep exposing the lie packaged in Buhari. That young girl’s cry for mercy that buhari should spare the life of her mother was never heeded. The young mother was silenced for life. The cry of agony of the innocent motherless girl still rings in our ears. To a ruler death is the only way to punish a crime. We are wiser.

  • A third force in the government is the brain behind the faceless Fulani herdsmen attacking and killing innocent people.

    • Adebisi

      You are inhuman, is this what you have to say about the innocent people that were murder in cold blood? Peace you are worst than boko haram and Buhari’s brothers (fulani herdsmen). May it be unto you what you wish others.

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  • Gideon Orkar

    Wawa Buhari was a patron of Miyetti Allah to which these rabid animals belong to

  • Bigzy

    You [Buhari] are talking as though someone has just been accused of stealing pepper. This is the murder of women and children on a grand scale. The animals responsible need to be apprehended and brought to justice. In this day and age, people cannot simply kill en-mass one day and calmly resume their normal lives th next. It is barbaric.

    • Ed

      That unfortunately is Nigeria for you o kill and go. We are yet to wake up president Jonathan on the killing of the innocent children and women in Benue. He seems to be missing something.
      Buhari should be calling for all out effort to arrests the Islamic Fulanis herdsmen that are killing land owners and taken over the land.
      The reason this criminal activities goes unchallenged is due to the fact that Dangote and all all powerful Fulanis has already placed Fulani in control of Police IG. NSA and so on . Sad but true.

      • Adebisi

        You are right

  • Ismail Ibrahim Bakori

    Buhari is a pretender and people like us are going to expose him and other northern supremacists. Suddenly his handlers are desperately condemning the attack in Benue to score cheap votes. Is it the first time Fulani killers are destroying innocent souls in Benue? In Nassarawa an APC controlled state they have killed thousands and Buhari always took side with the attackers. In Oyo state during the reign of Governor Lam Adesina he took side with the killers. There were series of killings in Jos, Taraba, Sourthern Kaduna and he always took side with Fulani aggressors. Even when Boko Haram were killing thousands of Nigerians Buhari only comissirated with the Emir of Ganye, Adamawa State after the town was invaded. But because of his selfish agenda now making isolated condemnation to brainwash Nigerians.

  • Vladimir

    But this man don old o!…See his sunken and miserable jaw…how did Nigeria condescend to this level?…that some uneducated hater of democracy with no economic power becomes a Presidential aspirant. Very sad indeed…this is what makes Nigeria hopeless. How can this fellow emerge out of the millions of brilliant men & women in Nigeria?….were it not sentiments & ethnicity, would someone like Duncee emerge under any circumstance? Lets break up Nigeria so that the best can govern the emergent countries.

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