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Herdsmen Killings: Buhari has done well by reducing killings in Nigeria - Lai Mohammed





The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the
President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has “drastically” reduced
killings resulting from farmers and herdsmen crisis, across the country.









Mohammed made the assertion during a Special Town Hall meeting on security in Gusau, Zamfara State, on Monday.




According to Mohammed in a statement said the, “drastic fall
in the killings resulted from concerted and committed actions by the
Federal Government to curtail the farmers-herders clashes, cattle
rustling and other acts of banditry.









”Let me say straight away that the killings, resulting from
farmers-herders clashes, cattle rustling, trans-border crimes and
banditry, among others, have fallen drastically. Unfortunately, this has
not received the kind of media coverage that was given to the killings.
I appeal to the media to correct this.”




The Minister listed such actions as including the, “deployment of a
Joint Military Intervention Force (JMIF), comprising Regular and Special
Forces personnel from the Army, Air Force and Navy, and working in
collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State
Security (DSS), and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).”




He said the measures also include the establishment of the Army’s 2
Battalion Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Kanfanin Doka Village,
Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna State; the establishment of a new Area Command and
two additional Divisional Police Headquarters in the Birnin Gwari Local
Government Area of Kaduna State; and the establishment by Nigerian Air
Force of Quick Response Wings (QRW) in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba
States.









Others are the deployment of Special Forces to these Quick Response
Wings; the inauguration, by the Nigeria Police Force, of a new Mobile
Squadron in Takum, Taraba State and Operation, ‘Whirl Stroke’, operating
in Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara states, to tackle the menace of
armed herdsmen, cattle rustlers, communal militias, kidnappers and other bandits.




Mohammed assured Nigerians that the situation will continue to improve until violence was completely eradicated in the country.




”I have no doubt that the good people of Zamfara can testify to the
drastic reduction in the activities of cattle rustlers and other bandits
in the state since the Federal Government deployed a 1000-strong
military force, comprising the army, air force, police and the civil
defence, to launch fierce attacks on the bandits terrorising the
villages and towns of Zamfara State,” he said.




The Minister also insisted that the killings have nothing to do with ethnicity or religion.




”Those who are bent on exploiting our national fault lines have
distorted the narrative to give the killings ethnic and religious
colouration, and this has aggravated the killings. We must repudiate
them, even as the Federal Government continues to consolidate on the
successful efforts to end the killings.”
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