President Buhari Orders Crackdown On Herdsmen

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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security operatives to crackdown on suspected Fulani herdsmen who on Monday perpetrated the killing of villages in Enugu State.

Fulani herdsmen have been blamed for the recent spike in killing in some parts of the country but the government has now resolved to rein in the attackers.

The government’s position was contained in a speech delivered on Wednesday by the President at a book launch titled Who Will Love My Country: Ideas for Building the Nigeria of Our Dreams, written by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in Abuja.

Represented by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, the President said government will not allow the loss of innocent live.

“Before making my remarks about the book, let me use this platform to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the attack perpetrated on the Ukpabu Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani area of Enugu State on Monday. I deeply sympathise with all those who lost dear ones, as well as those who lost their properties, in the attack.

“I have directed the Chief of Defence Staff and the Inspector-General of Police to secure all communities under attacks by herdsmen, and to go after all the groups terrorizing innocent people all over the country. This government will not allow these attacks to continue”, the President said.

He praised Ekweremadu for writing the book, saying it is timely and in consonance with the government’s change agenda.



    “He (Senator Ekweremadu) demonstrated in the book that Nigerians can only build a Nigeria of their dreams if they make bold efforts to love her above their individual selves and narrow interests,” the President remarked.

    “Our mantra is CHANGE, starting with individual attitudinal change. That explains why this Administration will soon launch a major campaign, tagged ‘CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME’, aimed at getting Nigerians to realize that the change they so much desire starts with them. If we all change our ways for the better, the society itself will change” he said.

    Part of that change, the President said, is the N500 billion Social Intervention Fund contained in the 2016 budget, which he said will go a long way in taking Nigerians out of poverty.

    “Our 500 billion Naira Social Intervention Fund, which is unprecedented, will, among others, create jobs for 500,000 unemployed graduates and 370,000 unemployed non-graduates; provide loans for 1 million Nigerians, including market men and women as well as artisans, to start up small businesses; feed 4.5 million school children; ensure conditional cash transfers to the most vulnerable (not unemployed graduates) citizens and provide scholarships to students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” he explained.


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