The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has claimed that the Fulani herdsmen attacking farmers across the regions of the country with AK-47 rifles are not Nigerians.
He said Fulani herdsmen only carry sticks and machetes to harvest herbs for their cattle but to carry AK-47 rifles is far from the truth.
The President mentioned this in an interview on Arise TV on Thursday.
He said: “The problem is to understand the culture of the cattle rearers (sic). The Nigerian cattle rearers do not carry anything more than a stick (sic).
“Sometimes they carry machetes to just cut some herbs for the cattle.”
Buhari, however, explained that, yes, some herders have been seen carrying sophisticated weapons but that these ones are foreigners from other African countries.
He said: “But those foreigners from other parts of Africa are carrying AK-47.
“From the Saharan area, people run to Nigeria, and Fulani from Kenya and other Central Africa look the same so when you see them you think they are Nigerian Fulani.
Nevertheless, he said with assurance that the Federal Government was ‘trying to ensure that we make them accountable.