Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to comments by Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom. The Governor had blamed President Buhari for not keeping the Fulani herdsmen in order because Buhari is also Fulani.
Buhari responded to the claims made by Ortom in an interview with Arise TV on Thursday.
“The problem is trying to understand the culture of the cattle rearers. There is a cultural difference between the Tiv and the Fulani. So, the governor of Benue said I am not disciplining the cattle rearers because I am one of them.”
“I cannot say I am not one of them but he is being very unfair to me and I told him that the Nigerian cattle rearer was not carrying anything more than a stick, sometime with a machete to cut some trees and feed his cattle but those sophisticated ones move with AK 47.” Buhari said.
“So, from other areas, people rush to Nigeria. You know Fulani from Mauritania and Central Africa look the same, so they feel they are the Nigerian ones. I assure you that we are trying to resuscitate these cattle routes, grazing areas and make them accountable.”