Buhari Vows To Tackle Herdsmen, Farmers Killings |The Republican News


• Commissions abandoned flyover  bridge in Jos

Gyang Bere, Jos

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that he will address the perennial violence between farmers and herdsmen which has claimed several lives in the country.

He described as gory and inhuman,  the killing of innocent people in Benue, Taraba and Zamfara States where many people were displaced and communities destroyed.

Buhari disclosed this yesterday,  during a town hall meeting and the launch of the Plateau State Road Map to Peace, which held at the New Government House, Rayfield,  Jos. It was part of his two-day working visit to the state.

He said: “I’m concerned about the insecurity in the country which was why when I came on board in 2015, I visited Chad, Niger and other neighbouring countries to ensure mutual working relationship. What happened in Benue is quite regrettable; we are working towards addressing insecurity in the country.”

“The damage which has been done in this country, only God will judge. I will continue to follow due process and observe human rights in the recovery of looted funds.”

He said he would look into public outcry on the marginalisation of women in the country as well as tackle unemployment which has constituted a set back among youths.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, on his part appealed to the president to tackle the conflict between farmers and herdsmen,  which has consumed several lives in the country, with seriousness.

He lamented that scores of innocent lives were lost recently in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa and Plateau States, where several families were rendered homeless and communities destroyed.

“I want to appeal that the increasing cases of violence between Fulani and farmers in the country need to be taken with all sense of seriousness, because of the number of lives that have perished. We are happy that you made the vice president to head the committee on the conflict between farmers and herdsmen and we are seeing positive results.”

As a result of the clash in Benue State, Quanpan Local Government Area, Lalong disclosed that the state is hosting over 4,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

He described the condition of the IDPs, made up of children, women and the aged,  as pathetic and sought the intervention of the Federal Government in settling the displaced families to their respective communities.

Lalong, while commending  President Buhari’s concept of fighting corruption, which has attracted international recognition, said Plateau is following his footstep in this regard.

He revealed that the state was working in collaboration with EFCC to prosecute past government officials who have been indicted for corruption.

The governor said the state had committed N20 billion to the construction of federal roads in the state, saying only N2 billion has been released as reimbursement.

He appealed to the president to order for the quick release of such funds for adequate intervention on most roads that have turned death traps.

Lalong urged the president to award the contract for the dualisation of Abuja/Jos road. He said many souls have perished as a result of the incessant crash due to the dilapidated nature of the road.

He said his administration inherited a debt profile of N250 billion from the past administration, six months salary arrears of civil servants and 13 months pension arrears which have been cleared and the state is up-to-date in payment of salaries.

Meanwhile, the president had commissioned a flyover bridge at the Secretariat Roundabout in Jos South Local Government Area amid tight security.

Daily Sun observed that there was a combined security operative at Mararaban Jama’a and at the flyover bridge. He expressed delight over the project and encouraged the governor to continue with infrastructure development.

Lalong, while welcoming the president to the ceremony, recalled that the bridge was abandoned at 30 percent completion and was inherited by the rescue administration and completed to ease movement of people into the state capital.

He expressed joy that the project was being commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he said had encouraged governors to continue with abandoned projects as enshrined in the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress.  (The Sun)


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Another Mass Burial By Benue Gov’t For Fulani Herdsmen Attack Victims |RN


File photo: Mass burial of victims of Fulani herdsmen attacks in Benue

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has issued a directive for necessary arrangements to be made for another mass burial to hold next week Friday, March 16th. The mass burial is for victims of a fresh herdsmen/farmers clash in Omusu village in Okpokwu Local Government Area of the state which has left 24 people dead.

14 of the victims were women, two children while the search for more bodies has continued.

During his visit to the community yesterday, Governor Ortom appealed to the community not to embark on any reprisal attacks. Security agents have since been mobilised to forestall further attacks while the governor also called on the State Emergency Management Agency to immediately provide relief materials to persons displaced in the attack.

He reiterated his call for the arrest of the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore whom he alleged were sponsoring the suspected herdsmen militia.

The governor also visited Saint Mary’s Hospital Okpoga, where the injured persons were treated and proceeded to the General Hospital in the town where remains of the dead victims were deposited.

Recall that on January 11th, a mass burial for 76 victims of the January 1st massacre in the state was held. The 76 deceased victims were killed during an attack by some herdsmen on Jany 1st and 6th.  (Nigerian Hive)

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“I Don’t Rush To Visit Violence-Hit Areas” – President Buhari |The Republican News


President Muhammadu Buhari


During his visit in Taraba state yesterday, President Buhari gave reasons for not immediately visiting areas in the country that have recorded any form of violent attacks. Speaking to the state government officials and traditional rulers, President Buhari who has been criticised for never going to states to commiserate with them when they suffer any form of attack, said

I am here (Taraba) to meet with the leadership of the state, to offer my condolences to those who lost loved ones and properties in violence. People, sometimes expect me to rush out to the fields, to go and make noise. But I have my ways of gathering intelligence. I get to know what is happening across the country without necessarily going to those areas. I will be going to Benue and Zamfara after I return from Ghana to also condole with the people,” he said


“This Is Not About Land, It’s About Driving White Farmers Into Extinction – Katie Hopkins


White farm murders in South Africa


South Africa is a land wrought with heartache.

Vengeance for the Apartheid-era has culminated in an epidemic of reverse racism, farm attacks and murders, and if that were not enough, a new constitutional amendment calling for “land expropriation without compensation.”

That’s a lot of syllables to say:

We are going to take your land and without permission.

The amendment is being pushed by African National Congress (ANC) head Cyril Ramaphosa. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will heed this not so subtle call from the ANC to step up their already blood-thirsty demonstrations, in which they chant:

“Kill the Boer, Kill the white farmer.”

Having spent time with the victims of farm attacks, I can tell you that the torture they and their children have endured is real, and bears lasting scars.


Make no mistake, “land expropriation without compensation” means that black gangs — the ones currently carrying out brutal farm attacks — now have political permission to carry out murder and torture.   (

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Buhari’s Government Empowers 12m Farmers In 2 Years – Lai Mohammed |RN


Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin-Kebbi

The Federal Government has said that due to its agricultural revolution, the number of farmers empowered across the country has increased from five million to over 12 million within two years of President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this, on Sunday, at Government House, Birnin-Kebbi, during his two days official visit to the state.

The minister said the agricultural revolution story of the state has projected Nigeria as a food-producing nation.

Said he,  “Our detractors would not believe us what this government has achieved on agricultural revolution, that is why we decided to come here and go to different villages where farming are taken place to tell the whole world our story.”

The minister who said that Federal Government would empower more farmers to encourage them on food production.

Governor Bagudu, in his remark, told the minister that apart from successes recorded in agriculture, Kebbi State is blessed with different cultural festivals such as Argungu fishing festival, Hottungo, Regatta, Uhola at Argungu, Suru and Zuru local government areas are potentials needed to be resuscitated.

Governor Bagudu also said that the incessant crisis between farmers and herdsmen across the country was due to climatic change, saying it has no religious or tribal colouration.

The governor, however, urged the Federal Government and Nigerians to help Fulani herdsmen and fishermen across the country in areas of education, modernisation of their trades stressed that most of them were not educated and easily prune to crimes. (The Sun)

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Fulani Herdsmen Kill 33, Injure Many In Zamfara |The Republican News

•Ortom alleges murder of 60 more people in Benue

From Mohammed Munirat Nasir, Gusau and Rose Ejembi, Makurdi

Bandits struck again, yesterday, in Birane village of Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing at least 33 people and injuring several others.

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has also disclosed that 60 more people, including policemen and officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), have been killed by herdsmen in the state since the mass burial of 73 victims on January 11 this year.

Confirming the Zamfara attack, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Muhammad Shehu, said the command was yet to ascertain the exact causality figure but report available indicated that many people were feared dead and many injured.

He said the police were on top of the situation as a team has been deployed to the area to restore peace in the area.

“Unfortunately, when the community received a message from the bandits that they would soon attack them, no one informed security agencies and the local hunters went to their hideout inside the nearby bush and confronted the bandits,” he said.

According a resident of the area, Muhammad Bello Zurmi, the bandits besieged Birane market and began shooting, which led to the death of the over 33 people on the spot and several others sustaining injuries.

Zurmi, who spoke on phone, said it might be a reprisal attack by the armed bandits as they had promised when two of their members were killed by hunters in the area about two weeks ago.

He said the bandits also attacked a truck and killed all the passengers and set the truck ablaze.

The deceased have been buried according to Islamic injunctions, while those injured are receiving treatment in hospital.

Ortom disclosed the killing of 60 more people when he hosted some Benue State-born musicians, led by Zaaki Azzay, in Makurdi, the capital of the state, yesterday. He lamented that, rather than the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, taking proactive measures to bring the killings to an end, he had decided to take sides.

Ortom noted that the IGP’s relocation to Benue at the height of the attacks further heightened tension as the invading herdsmen became more daring in their attacks, killing even security operatives yet the IGP refused to arrest anyone.

Ortom said: “The IGP has failed us but we are grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for sending the army to come and perform Operation Cat Race in Benue. We hope that the cat will be able to catch all the rats.

“All we are asking for is justice, because a situation where you favour a particular section and are biased in your judgment against the other is not fair. That is why we are asking the IGP to resign his appointment to give way to another person who can perform better.”

The governor noted that the anti-open grazing law enacted in the state came as a necessity, stressing that even before the law was enacted, the herdsmen had been killing Benue residents with reckless abandon in many local government areas of the state.

“That was why we decided to put an end to these wanton killings, by enacting the law. The law emanated from the Benue people and they own it. The law protects everyone residing in Benue, including the Fulani. But staying in Benue, you must obey the laws of the land. We are not intimidated by the killings but all we ask for is let there be justice,” he said.

Earlier, Azzay, who described the Benue massacre as uncalled for, said they were in the state to complement the efforts of the governor through a song that was composed by another Benue-born musician, OD Woods, titled “Our Benue.”

Azzay said the song, which features him and Rapizo, alongside other renowned musicians, was aimed at further drawing the attention of the whole world to the unfortunate killings in the state, which had reduced many families to tenants at IDP camps scattered across the state.

The group, thereafter, caught the attention of everyone as they presented the song at the government House as well as at the IDP camp located near Agan Toll Gate. (The Sun)

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Buhari Lost Grip Of The Country, As Nigeria Has Become Theatre Of War – Sen. Shehu Sani |RN


Senator Shehu Sani

Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Shehu Sani has said that incessant killings in the last three months in the country was a manifestation that President Buhari was losing grip of governance.

Speaking through Order 43 of Senate rules, he blasted those he described as opportunists in the Villa to tell Nigerians the truth that Buhari was failing in governing the nation.

The lawmaker lamented that Birnin Gwari and Chikun local government areas in Kaduna state which borders Zamfara State in North West, were part of his Senatorial district and have been under siege in the last three months.

According to him, criminal killings in those local governments have become a daily affairs, saying that there was need for permanent military base in the affected areas.

“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, some villages in Birnin Gwari and Chikun local government areas have been sacked and villagers have relocated to the local government headquarters in the last three months.”

“Two days ago, about 7 people have been killed without media coverage and as you know, government only take actions on killings that are widely publicised.”

“I am deeply concerned that government is losing grip of the country as the country has become a theatre of war.”

Sani wondered at how some officials of government would attribute killings to ethnic and religious sentiments, saying that something was fundamentally wrong, if Nigerians were not able to blend after 100 years of amalgamation.

Reacting, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu said, said it was important for the issue of security to be taken seriously by government.

He recalled that Senator Kabir Marafa had raised a similar issue happening in Zamfara, saying something must be done as soon as possible.

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