By Abdullahi Mohammed
President Muhammadu Buhari said that desperate politicians are using the ongoing farmers and herdmen crisis to blackmail the All Progressive Congress, (APC) regime
Mr Buhari made the accusation on Tuesday at Ado-Ekiti where he attended the grand finale of the APC rally for Kayode Fayemi, who is the party’s candidate in the forthcoming July 14 governorship election.
He had on several occasions accused politicians on behind the unabated nationwide killings allegedly carried out by killer herdsmen.
The president noted that these politicians are denting his image with claims that he has remained silent over the killings across the country because he belongs to the Fulani tribe.
“May I again clear the air on the issue of herdsmen and farmers conflict. Many politicians in their mischievous attitude have been blackmailing me and the APC-led administration purporting that I have not taken any action on the issue because I am a Fulani man. This is a cheap blackmail.”
The President, however, added that he is committed to his oath of office of protecting lives of Nigerians.
“The protection of lives and properties of Nigerians is my responsibility. This I have vowed to do and will stick to the oath of office. I assure you that measures are been taken to ensure lasting solutions,” he said.
The presidency had earlier claimed it had evidence to back up Buhari’s claim that the killings were the handi-work of politicians.
While canvassing for votes for Fayemi, President Buhari said the Federal Government is committed to the welfare of Nigerians and will never play politics with the welfare of anyone.
“In spite of the fact the current administrations in Ekiti State and the Federal Government belong to opposing political parties, we have always ensured a fair share in the allocation of resources and federal projects.
“We will never play politics with the welfare of the people of Ekiti or any other states, regardless of the partisan affiliation of the government of the day.”