I Treated Killer Herdsmen as Terrorists – Jonathan Replies Buhari
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for dragging his name into the ongoing Fulani herdsmen crisis, saying his administration treated them as terrorists.
In a statement issued by the former president’s media office on Thursday, January 11, 2018, he condemned the presidency for reporting that Fulani herdsmen killed 756 Nigerians during his tenure to explain away its own reaction to the attacks that have claimed the lives of over 100 Nigerians since January 1, 2018.
While reacting to insinuations that the recent spate of killings by herdsmen in Benue and other states is because President Buhariis a Fulani man, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, deflected it by noting that hundreds had died under the same circumstances under Jonathan.
In the statement, Jonathan criticised the presidency for the inaccuracy of the figure released and the attempt to trivialise the current crisis.
The former president also defended his handling of the killer herdsmen during his tenure and explained how he curbed their menace and prosecuted offenders whoi were convicted after trials.