President Muhammadu Buhari was interviewed by NTA News while in Doha, Qatar and was asked about the recent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers that has resulted in about 500 deaths in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State in central Nigeria.
Watch the interview here:
Buhari said the problem of herdsmen and farmers is “as old as Nigeria”. He said federal and state governments should come together to estabish grazing areas and cattle routes for the herdsmen and their cattle.
This is the same old “solution” that is continually peddled in many quarters in Nigeria. What was instructive is what the president did not say.
He said nothing about the massacre in Agatu, the importance of arresting and prosecuting the culprits to check the culture of impunity, and most critically, he never questioned why old techniques of rearing cattle, “as old as Nigeria”, that involve herding cattle on foot over miles, states and even countries, was acceptable in this century.