Governor Darius Ishiaku of Taraba State has said that President Muhammadu Buhari lied when he told US president Donald Trump during his recent visit to Washington that Fulani herdsmen do not carry arms.
Contrary to Buhari’s claim, Governor Ishiaku stated that the herdsmen carry guns.
He said this on Saturday during an interview with journalists shortly after receiving an award from the Nigerian Medical Association in Abuja.
When asked if the President’s claim was true that herdsmen don’t bear arms, Mr. Ishiaku countered, “Absolutely, it is not true. Who kills who? It is not imaginary. People are being killed by AK-47 and we have to do something to stop it.”
President Buhari had claimed during a chat with Trump in the Oval Office that herdsmen move around with sticks and not guns, claiming that the killings across the country were being perpetrated by some fighters trained by the government of the late Muamar Gaddafi in Libya.
Ishaku disclosed that nearly 150,000 persons have been displaced due to the killings in a state he said was very peaceful before.
“The insecurity has put a lot of pressure on our health facilities much more than you would anticipate. When you have between 100,000 and 150,000 displaced persons and in the North-East, Taraba used to be the safest but of course, we are having our own share of the herdsmen problem and that has added a lot to our health services.
“So, it is a strain on us which means we have to do more, we have to engage more doctors, nurses, specialists and we thank God that we are succeeding,” he added