Herdsmen in Nigeria carry only sticks and machetes, not AK47, Buhari tells Trump

Herdsmen in Nigeria carry only sticks and machetes, not AK47, Buhari tells Trump
Chris Steven, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari in Washington DC, United States of America on Monday says herdsmen in Nigeria do not carry guns but only wield sticks and occasionally machetes.

The President spoke during the bilateral talk with U.S. President Donald Trump, where he stated that herdsmen crisis in Nigeria is an age-long challenge.

“The problem of herders in Nigeria is a very long historical thing. The Nigerian herders don’t carry anything more than a stick and occasionally a matchet to cut down foliage and give it to their animals, these ones are carrying AK-47.

“So, people should not underrate what happened in Libya. 43 years of Ghaddaffi, people were recruited from Sahel and trained to shoot and kill. With the demise of Ghaddaffi they moved to other countries and region and carried the experience with them,” he said.

President Buhari added that this is what is aggravating herdsmen crisis in Nigeria. He also appreciated the United States government for assisting in Nigeria’s fight against insurgency and for US military presence in Nigeria.

“We are grateful to the United States for agreeing to give us the aircraft that we asked for. We are even more grateful for the physical presence of the United States military officials in Nigeria. Our institutions in Nigeria, for training them and going to the Northeast to see how they are performing.

“The commitment of the United States to get rid of terrorism across the world, we have fast earned experience from that and we are grateful for it,” he said.