Buhari orders investigation into Benue killings

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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the clashes between herdsmen and indigenes of communities in Benue State.

President Buhari who expressed deep shock at the latest incident during the past week, which led to hundreds of deaths in four communities in Agatu, Benue State, ordered security agencies to get to the root causes of the problem.

“We will conduct an investigation to know exactly what happened; the only way to bring an end to the violence once and for all is to look beyond one incident and ascertain exactly what factors are behind the conflicts,” he said.

He added that all Nigerians must learn to live together as one, in peace and unity.

“We are all one nation and one people,” he said. “There should not be any reason why Nigerians of any group or tongue cannot now reside with one another wherever they find themselves after decades of living together.”

The President further expressed condolences to the government and people of Benue State, particularly the people of the Agatu communities, assuring them that the government would do everything possible to ensure that no such incident ever occurred in their midst again.

“Once the investigations are concluded, we will act immediately to address the root of the problem,” he said.


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  • Höly Wähala

    “We are all one nation and one people. There should not be any reason why Nigerians of any group or tongue cannot now reside with one another wherever they find themselves after decades of living together.” – President Buhari

    One nation and one people ba? My guess is that does not include the hundreds of Shiites and IPOB/MASSOP members senselessly murdered by Buhari’s henchmen in Zaria and Onitsha, led by Gen. Buratai and his barbaric goons… why has Buhari not even uttered a word of condolences to those bereaved families till date, talk nothing about ordering an investigation at federal level to find out why blocking one tout soldier’s way was worth shedding the blood of thousands of men, women and children? What about the investigation this Govt. is conducting into the AI Report that documented JTF’s brutality in their prosecution of the war against terror in our North East? Like in the past, nothing will come out of this rubbish investigatio, the political will to take-on this Fulani menace has never been there, paying lip-service to the dead is all that will be heard of this latest atrocity by the arid Fula from nowhere terrorising innocent Nigerians as if they’re the only clowns with right to mayhem… it’s time Nigeria legalized the carrying of small arms for self defense, that way uncrupulous characters will realize that a hunter looks over his shoulders. Nonsense.

  • Let’s Leave in PEACE and HARMONY

  • Man_Enough

    I don’t care about “factors behind the conflict”. Nobody has the right to take the law into his hand and massacre an entire community even in a war. The perpetrators should be fished out and brought to book.

  • Excisionist

    @ President Buhari ” President Buhari …. ordered security agencies to get to the root causes of the problem. ”

    Come on. who doesn’t know the “root cause of the problem” between Nigerian farmers and Fulani herdsmen / bandits? Instead of developing modern animal farming methods Fulani elites, including Buhari prefer to use Farms all over the country as grazing lands for their cattle. Was this the first time. Hell No! It has happened thousands of times across the country over and over again each year. Buhari’s words are empty because it is he and other Fulani oligarchs who train and equip the herdsmen /terrorists.

    Nigerian must learn to defend themselves from these Fulani herdsmen /terrorists who are also used as agents of Islamization.

  • Excisionist

    Buhari has not hidden his intention to unleash FULANI HERDERS on communities across the country.

    It has come to a point where, in certain circumstances Nigerians need to take measures to protect themselves from Buhari and his fellow Fulani Sunni jingoists. In the case of FULANI HERDERS I have a few words of advice for Nigerians. All attempts to reason with the Fulani over this issue have fallen on deaf ears. Here is what will put an end to the curse of Fulani herders:

    1. Communities across the country (particularly Middle Belt, South-East and South-South) zones should form vigilante groups in order to protect themselves against the Fulani marauders/terrorists.

    2. The vigilante groups should, as a matter of necessity and of survival, form network with each other and monitor the movement of the Fulani herders/terrorists. Networking is very important because we have seen how these terrorists supported by Fulani political and religious leaders have razed isolated communities, one after another.

    3. Whenever there is a dispute or an attack by the Fulani terrorists on any community, the other communities should join hands and defend the victim community either through negotiation or through counter-attack on the Fulani terrorists.

    4. From now on, if any other community is destroyed by the Fulani herders/terrorists all the vigilante groups should locate and destroy all their cows in their regions (Middle Belt or SE or SS). KILL ALL THEIR COWS & ANIMALS IN THE WHOLE REGION. . The arrogance and intransigence of the Fulani herders and their political, military and religious sponsors demand such drastic measures.

    5. In case of any attach in retaliation, the vigilante groups should simultaneously defend themselves against these Fulani herders/terrorists.



    Excisionist, Copenhagen

    • Segun

      Indeed Fulani herdsmen not only carry gun and sophisticated weapons and military uniforms but actually use them against innocent communities. Buhari and Fulani leaders turn a blind to this possession and use of weapons by Fulani terrorists YET they use lethal force against innocent unarmed protesters and Hausa Shiite Muslims.

      Yes, I agree with you Nigerians have to take drastic steps to protect themselves.