Presidency Insists Politicians, Climate Change, Behind Herders, Farmers Clashes

The Presidency has called on Nigerians to exercise restraints in their comments on the protracted clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the country..

In a statement from the seat of power, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the federal government is working closely with state governments and the security services as well as international partners to resolve this ongoing issue.

According to him: “The clashes between herders and farmers are historical. The causes of these confrontations are varied and complex.

“Climate change, specifically the drying up of the Chad Basin, has led to more pressure on the population in the North of Nigeria, which further compounded the problem.

“As President Buhari indicated lately, there is evidence of involvement of some politicians using criminals to perpetuate the killings.

“Climate change is an issue of global significance and the Nigerian Government is determined to continue working closely with its neighbours in order to ensure that a long-term solution can be implemented.’’

“We are strongest as a nation when we are united and it is through unity that we will overcome this challenge,’’ he added.