JOHANNESBURG, July 11 – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has accused the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of using blackmail as a campaign tactic.
This after the party accused the president of doing nothing to stop the killings across the country as nomadic Fulani herdsmen continue to clash with settled farmers over arable land.
Buhari lashed out at the PDP on Tuesday during a tour of Ekiti State as he campaigned for his party, the All Progressive Congress’ (APC) candidate in Saturday’s governor election, Nigeria’s Premium Times reported.
“They are blackmailing me, saying I have not done anything about the farmers/Fulani herdsmen clashes because I am a Fulani man,” the president said.
“But this is a cheap blackmail. We are doing everything to curtail the situation, and provide a lasting solution to the problem.”
However, hundreds of people have been killed in several states in the ongoing violence, and largely despite a significant security presence. Some of the states most affected by the violence are Plateau, Benue, and Taraba.
Furthermore, Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has also accused Buhari of allowing the killings to continue, citing his ethnic origin as a major factor. (ANA)