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President Muhammadu Buhari says governors lamenting herders attacks in their states should find a lasting solution to the crisis.
The president said this in an interview on Arise TV on Thursday and monitored by NewsWireNGR.
He said that recently, two Southwest governors visited him to complain about herdsmen encroaching on farmers’ lands in their regions.
“You know these people more than I do, and you are democratically elected to protect your people. Don’t sit idle expecting me to do everything, take action,” the President said.
Speaking further on the agitation of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), the president described IPOB’s agitation as a “a dot in a circle,” and said he has been assured by “the elderly people” and “the youths” from the south-south part of the country that region has no intention of seceding.
He said IPOB will not have “access to anywhere” even if they eventually secede from the country.
The president then reiterated his earlier controversial statement that IPOB members will treated in the “language that they understand”.
“I was encouraged by what I heard, nobody told me. Two statements from the south south: one by the elderly people, they said this time around there would be no (secession). And again the youth made the same statement; such encouragement,” Buhari said.
“So that IPOB is just like a dot in a circle. Even if they want to exit, they’ll have no access to anywhere. And the way they are spread all over the country, having businesses and properties. I don’t think IPOB knows what they are talking about.”
“In any case, we say we’ll talk to them in the language that they understand. We’ll organise the police and the military to pursue them.” he further threatened.