Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari explained that herdsmen of Nigerian origin do not use sophisticated weapons such as AK-47 but only carry sticks and cutlasses.
He disclosed this during an interview on Arise TV in which he said;
“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.”
“There are cattle routes and grazing areas,” Buhari said. “You have to stay there and if you allow your cattle to stray into another person’s farm you will be arrested.”
He added that “the routes and the areas are known,” and warned that encroachers “will be dispossessed.”