Nigeria herdsmen only carry sticks, not AK-47, says Buhari

Nigeria herdsmen only carry sticks, not AK-47, says Buhari
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President Muhammadu Buhari (left); Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen; Former Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Mariam Ciroma and Emir of Keffi, Dr Shehu Chindo Yamusa during a courtesy visit by the National Working Group of the Supporting Advancement of Gender Equity Initiative to the President in Abuja…yesterday PHOTO: TWITTER/NIGERIAGOV

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said herdsmen of Nigerian origin do not use sophisticated weapons such as AK-47 but only carry sticks and cutlasses.

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Buhari made the claim during an interview on Arise TV.

“The Nigerian cattle rearer will not carry anything more than a stick… sometimes a machete to cut some trees,” Buhari said.

“But those sophisticated ones that go with AK-47…all the Sahel areas, people rush down to Nigeria. You know, the Fulani from Mauritania and Central Africa look the same. So they think they are the Nigerian ones.”

farmer-herder clashes are rampant in the country and are sometimes fatal.

Buhari said he has directed government officials to “dig up gazettes of the First Republic” for the identification of cattle routes to curb the clashes.