Yakubu Gowon has defended President Muhammadu Buhari against allegations that he’s tolerating the actions of killer herdsmen through his inaction.
Gowon said it’s impossible that Buhari will encourage the killing of Nigerians as being alleged.
“The Buhari I know will not be involved in such things. Certainly, no leader will encourage his people to be killed,” he said.
Gowon also advocated that the perpetrators arrested in connection to the killings should be investigated and prosecuted in the state and not in Abuja as the military has suggested.
“People arrested should be investigated and prosecuted in Jos where the crime was committed,” he said.
President Buhari has had to defend himself against several allegations of encouraging attacks by Fulani herdsmen, protesting that such allegations are unfair.
He said contrary to the allegations, his administration is committed to protecting the lives and properties of Nigerians.
He said, “May I again clear the air on the issue of herdsmen and the farmers conflict. Many politicians in their mischievous attitude have been blackmailing me and the APC-led administration purporting that I have not taken any action on the issue because I am a Fulani man.
“The ill-achieved blackmail, like I said recently, the protection of lives and properties of Nigerians is my responsibilty. This I have vowed to do and will stick to the oath of office. I assure you that measures are being taken to ensure lasting solutions.”