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Buhari urges refrain from false stories on herdsmen clashes

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to all citizens as well as members of the international community to refrain from spreading false stories and inflammatory statements concerning the recent herder-farmer clashes.

In a statement by Garba Shehu, the President said Nigerian Government is working closely with State governments and the Security Services – as well as international partners – in order to resolve this ongoing issue.

The statement said such clashes between herders and farmers are historical, adding that “The causes of these confrontations are varied and complex”

He however blamed Climate change, specifically the drying up of the Chad Basin, which he said “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.

“The Federal Government makes no distinction amongst the population and works tirelessly to protect all Nigerian people.

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

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