After Much Criticism, Buhari Speaks On Fulani Invasion

Abiodun Oluwarotimi

Following serious criticisms against President Mohammadu Buhari for failing to address the issue of Fulani Invasion in Benue, Ondo and Enugu states, the presidency on Wednesday evening said it would make the issue a priority.

Reacting through a press statement signed by Mallam Garba Shehu, SSA to the President on Media and Publicity, President Muhammadu Buhari assured all Nigerians of his administration’s continued commitment to ensuring the safety of lives and property in all parts of the country.

Talking for the first time since the crises began over two months ago, Buhari unreservedly condemned the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo on other such acts of extreme violence against communities in other states of the Federation.

He added that 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 carnagean, said the statement.

According to the statement, 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.

The President urged 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.

Meanwhile, President Buhari is scheduled to meet with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi later to receive further briefing on the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo and discuss additional measures to forestall similar attacks and restore public confidence.

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