President Muhammadu Buhari was silent on the deadly activities of Fulani herdsmen that are alleged to be behind the sacking of villages, rape of women, destruction of farmlands as well as kidnapping but vowed to defeat Niger Delta militants that have cut Nigeria’s oil output by over 800, 000 barrels per day.
In an address to Nigerians marking his one year in office on Sunday, May 29, Buhari who gave a highlights of his achievement in office said that “The recent spate of attacks by militants disrupting oil and power installations will not distract us from engaging leaders in the region in addressing Niger Delta problems. If the militants and vandals are testing our resolve, they are much mistaken. We shall apprehend the perpetrators and their sponsors and bring them to justice.”
Fulani herdsmen are listed as the fourth most dangerous terrorist group in the world and have stepped up their campaign of rampage since Buhari, their kinsman, came to power last year.
According to the president, he met a country at a “near state of collapse,” but that “From day one, we purposely set out to correct our condition, to change Nigeria. We reinforced and galvanized our armed forces with new leadership and resources. We marshaled our neighbours in a joint task force to tackle and defeat Boko Haram. By the end of December 2015, all but pockets and remnants had been routed by our gallant armed forces. Our immediate focus is for a gradual and safe return of internally displaced persons in safety and dignity and for the resumption of normalcy in the lives of people living in these areas.”