25th June, 2018
Over the weekend, a number of attacks were recorded in Plateau State resulting in the death of close to a hundred people in various parts of Plateau State and leading to the proclamation of a dusk to dawn curfew in about three local government areas of the state by the Governor Lalong led administration.
In a reaction to this situation, the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has come out to declare that the clashes were the handiwork of “desperate politicians” in the state.
Speaking in a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the president said that these politicians have increasingly cheapened human life in their quest to establish a reign of instability and chaos in the country for political gains.
He went on to say:
“We know that a number of geographical and economic factors are contributing to the longstanding herdsmen/farmers clashes.
“But we also know that politicians are taking advantage of the situation. This is incredibly unfortunate.
“Nigerians affected by the herdsmen/ farmer clashes must always allow the due process of the law to take its course rather than taking matters into their own hands.’’
How such statements in place of decisive actions will bring an end to these clashes however remains to be seen as innocent people across the country continue to die unnecessarily in the seemingly unending saga.