Senate Outrage Over President Buhari Claims about Fulani Militants

ICC Note: Nigeria’s senate was in an uproar recently, over comments made by President Buhari. The president stated that he believed the Fulani crisis was being conducted by militants from Libya and not from Nigerian Fulani. This is the third different reason given by the Nigerian government for this violence.

04/13/2018 Nigeria (All Africa) – President Muhammadu Buhari blaming the late Libyan Dictator, Muammar Gaddafi as being responsible for the upsurge in clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country, Thursday threw the Senate into uproar for some minutes.

President Buhari had said on Wednesday in London that herdsmen who had killed hundreds of Nigerians since the inception of his administration were trained and armed by Gaddafi.

Trouble started on the floor of the Senate when Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, PDP, Abia South who came under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Order, 2015 as amended, drew the attention of the Senators to comments by President Buhari who he said amounted to incompetence on his part, said “President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in London said that the killings across Nigeria were as a result of the people who were trained by the late Muammar Gaddafi, implying that these people who are doing the killings in Nigeria are invaders from outside of Nigeria. If so, it validates my last point that when a commander-in-chief says he cannot take care of invaders, why is he still a commander-in-chief?

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