President Muhammadu Buhari finally broke his silence on the rising waves of suspected Fulani herdsmen attacks in different parts of the country, and has ordered the police and the military to take all necessary action to stop the carnage.
President Buhari directives to the service chiefs came on Wednesday following an attack in Ukpabi-Nimbo, on Monday, a community in Uzo-Uwani local government area of Enugu State, where dozens of people were killed by heavily armed Fulani herdsmen. Another attack was reportedly launched in Umuchigbo, on Wednesday another community in Enugu East Council Area of the state.
The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who spoke on behalf of the president condemned the senseless killings by the herdsmen in the strongest terms and expressed sympathy for those who lost their loved ones and property in the wicked acts,stating that his government would not fold its arms and allow the cruel acts to continue.
“Let me start by condemning in the strongest terms the attacks by herdsmen in Enugu State on Monday. I deeply sympathize with those who lost their lives as well as those who lost their property.
“I have directed the Chief of Army Staff and the Inspector General of Police to secure all communities under attacks by herdsmen and to go after the groups terrorizing innocent people all over the country. This government will not allow these attacks to continue.”
In another statement signed by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Buhari said bringing the violence to an end was now a priority for his administration,and has assured Nigerians of his administration’s continued commitment to ensuring the safety of lives and property in all parts of the country.
The statement also revealed that the President was scheduled to meet with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to receive further briefing on the attack on Ukpabi-Nimbo and discuss additional measures to forestall similar attacks and restore public confidence.
Acting on the president’s directive, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) 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.
Read his full statement:
“Following continuing reports of attacks by “herdsmen” on communities across the country, particularly Monday’s attack on Ukpabi Nimbo in Enugu State, President Muhammadu Buhari assures all Nigerians, once again, of his administration’s continued commitment to ensuring the safety of lives and property in all parts of the country.
“President Buhari unreservedly condemns the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo and other such acts of extreme violence against communities in other states of the Federation.
“Acting on the president’s directive, 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 carnage.
“In keeping with the President’s directive, 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 Ukpabi Nimbo to personally oversee investigations into the attack on the community and ongoing efforts to apprehend the culprits.
“Meanwhile, President Buhari is scheduled to meet with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi later today to receive further briefing on the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo and discuss additional measures to forestall similar attacks and restore public confidence.
“The President urges 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.”