PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari was in Jos, Plateau State, recently to commiserate with the government on the carnage inflicted on its citizens by Fulani herdsmen. In the wake of the attack on Barkin Ladi, Riyom and some parts of Jos South Local Government, the president, who promptly visited the state, was apparently sad at the level of bloodshed in the attacks. While offering his condolences, Buhari said: “I contested for this position (presidency) four times before I got it, so I cannot complain of the challenges we are facing. Nobody can say that we haven’t done well in terms of security, we have done our best; but the way this situation is now, we can only pray.”
During a visit to Taraba State in March this year, Buhari had resorted to a comparison of the figures of the dead across states. He said that the crisis in the Mambilla Plateau had claimed more lives than herdsmen’s killings in states like Benue and Zamfara. The carnage in Taraba was said to have had a huge number of Fulani kinsmen as victims. “As a president, I have sources of getting intelligence on happening across the country and so I should not be expected to always go out to the field to make noise and insult the sensibility of Nigerians before it would be known that I am taking action against the killings. There were more killings in Mambilla (Taraba) than Benue and Zamfara states. I chose to visit Taraba first, but I will be going to Benue and Zamfara after I return from Ghana to also condole with the people,” he had said.