- Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby has been told by president Buhari that the herdsmen-farmers crises his older than his administration
- He said the problem was made worse by the influx of gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region
- Buhari said the gunmen were trained and armed by Late Muammar Gadaffi of Libya
President Muhammadu Buhari while meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London on Wednesday, April 11, said the herdsmen-farmers crises is older than his administration.
The president said this whilerResponding to his guest’s comment on the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in different parts of Nigeria.
The president said:”The problem is even older than us. It has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region.
“These gunmen were trained and armed by Late Muammar Gadaffi of Libya. When he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram.
“Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way, but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons.
“The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions.’’
Going further, president Buhari also lamented that “irresponsible politics” had been brought into the farmers/herders’ crisis, but assured that enduring solutions would be found, and justice done to all concerned.
On Leah Sharibu, the schoolgirl from Dapchi still being held by insurgents, reportedly because she refused to renounce her Christian faith, the President said: “We are managing the matter quietly. Making noise would not help.
“We are collecting as much intelligence as possible, working with the Red Cross and other international organisations.
“There are too many fraudulent people around, who claim they can do this and that.
“We won’t deal with them. That was how we got the Dapchi girls back, and the Chibok girls.’’
Archbishop Welby said it was always a delight to see President Buhari, “whom I have tremendous respect for.’’
“You have my best wishes on your recent decision. I read your declaration speech.
“We are neutral as a church, but we will pray for you. Great statesmen are those who run for the good of their country. We will be praying for you.”
The Archbishop presented President Buhari with a copy of his recent book, ‘Reimagining Britain. Foundations for Hope.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari announced that he would seek reelection in the 2019 presidential election.
The development was made public by the president's personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmed.
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