Buhari talks tough, warns herdsmen, farming communities against violence

Cattle herd used to illustrate the story.
A herd of cattle used to illustrate the story.

An attack on farming communities in Katsina, by herdsmen, on Wednesday led to ‘loss of lives’, the presidency has said.

The casualty figure was not contained in the Friday statement by President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu.

Mr Shehu, however, said the president “warned herdsmen and communities to stop taking the law into their hands by resorting to violence at every provocation.”

Read Mr Shehu’s statement below.

Following a brief on incidents that triggered violence and loss of lives in Katsina State on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed immediate reinforcement of the security architecture in the state, and prosecution of all those involved in the conflict.

President Buhari warned herdsmen and communities to stop taking the law into their hands by resorting to violence at every provocation, adding that the herdsmen returning from the South due to the rainy season must respect the boundaries of farmers and villagers, while the communities must refrain from attacking herdsmen.

The president commiserated with families that lost loved ones in the attacks from herdsmen, assuring the state that the security structure will be further strengthened to avoid unnecessary violence between herdsmen and communities.

President Buhari, who commended the state government for providing logistic support to security outfits to carry out their operations of protecting innocent citizens, said the federal government will continue to create enabling environment for citizens to go about their businesses without fear of harassments or violence.

The president directed security outfits in the state and all parts of the country to work towards preventive, rather than reactionary measures; strengthen inter-agency intelligence sharing and deploy updated security platforms; and ensure partnership and harmonious relationship with community leaders and members for local intelligence.

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