- The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, says some misguided elements who are miscreants, pose as herdsmen
- He attributes the killings in the country to the economic implications of the activities of herdsmen
- Miyetti Allah group alleges plan to dislodge members from Lagos
The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, has dismissed claims by some people that President Muhammdu Buhari was responsible for the alleged herdsmen killings in the country.
The Independent reports that Ngige accused those linking alleged herdsmen killings to Buhari president of trying to instigate the citizenry against the president.
Speaking in Awka at the weekend, the labour minister stated that such allegations were misinformation as well as practical evidence of rumours.
He said: "Some misguided elements who are miscreants; some of them pose as herdsmen and they go and do cattle rustling, shooting the owners of cattle and take their cattle away."
Ngige said Buhari was not silent over the killings across the country and has condemned the violence.
Citing the president’s claims, Ngige attributed the killings in the country to the economic implications of the activities of herdsmen as well as the influx of fighters of former Libyan leader, Gaddaffi.
Meanwhile, a pro-Fulani group, the Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN), has offered to intervene in the farmers/herders clashes that has engulfed Benue state by serving as a neutral body in the conflict.
Daily Trust reports that the national chairman of the group, Alhaji Sale Bayari, expressed concerns over the killings and loss of lives caused by the crisis.
He said problems of protracted conflict in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states were identified and peaceful measures advocated during the period he served as the secretary of the sultan’s Tiv Farmers/Fulani cattle rearers relationship committee under the chairmanship of the late Emir of Gombe, Shehu Abubakar and the late Tor Tiv, Dr. Torkula Akawe.
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