Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has dismissed claims that killings by Fulani herdsmen in the country are at an all time high because President Muhammadu Buhari is Fulani.
“Therefore, let nobody say that all this is happening because we have a Fulani president, he said in a video message he posted on his personal Facebook account on Wednesday.
Adesina said such killings by herdsmen predated the Buhari administration.
“We have had many Fulani presidents in the past and this issue of herders and local communities at loggerheads, has predated this government.
“In 2013, particularly, there were nine cases of herdsmen invading communities in Benue state alone and more than 190 people were killed.
“In 2014, there were about 16 of such tragic developments with with more that 231 people killed. And then there was a change of government in May 2015. But between January and May 2015, there were six attacks which left about 335 people dead.
“Now,, the question is, during that period, did we have a Fulani president?
He however reiterated that ensuring the security of lives and property of the citizens was the responsibility of government, noting that the present administration was determined to fulfill this obligation.