The Presidency on Wednesday said over 756 people were killed by herdsmen in two years under former President Goodluck Jonathan, and they have received widespread backlash for the statement from many Nigerians.
It is a widespread believe the statement is wrong, and the present day government is only trying to play the blame game, but in truth the Presidency is totally correct.
Killer Fulani herdsmen have always been on rampage in Nigeria, and our government (past and present) seem not to have found a solution to it.
Proof that Fulani Herdsmen have always been on rampage [With or without Buhari]
• On the 7th of April 2014, Vanguard published an article titled “Fulani Reign of Terror: The killing spree continues.” The post stated that more than 500 people had been killed in less than six months by Fulani Herdsmen. You can find the post here
• On 15th of April 2014, Human Rights Watch claimed that over 1,000 people have been killed within December 2013 to April 2014 as a result of herdsmen vs farmers violence. You can find the post here
Also checkout this timeline compiled by Premium Times on the Fulani Killings
July 2012: Senator Gyang Dantong and the Majority Leader of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr. Gyang Fulani died in the stampede that ensued while attending the mass burial of about 50 victims of attack by Fulani herdsmen at Maseh village in Riyom LGA.
April 23, 2013: 10 farmers killed in an attack in Mbasenge community, Guma L.G.A by suspected herdsmen.
May 7, 2013: 47 mourners gunned down by suspected herdsmen in Agatu while burying two policemen.
May 14, 2013: Over 200 herdsmen surround Ekwo-Okpanchenyi, Agatu LGA killing 40 locals.
July 5, 2013: 20 people were killed in a conflict between Tiv farmers & herdsmen at Nzorov, Guma LGA.
July 28, 2013: In retaliation to the alleged killing of 112 cows, herdsmen invade 2 villages in Agatu LGA killing 8 villagers.
November 7, 2013: Attackers strike at Ikpele & Okpopolo communities killing 7 and displacing over 6000 inhabitants.
November 9, 2013: 36 locals killed, 7 villages overrun in an outbreak of fighting between herdsmen and locals in Agatu L.G.A.
June 2015: Fulani herdsmen attacked Motokun village, Patigi Local Government Area, Kwara State. The Oro-Ago community in Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state was also attacked. Fulani herdsmen attacked Ninji and Ropp villages in Plateau State and killed 27 persons. Also, the same group reportedly murdered about 70 Christians.
July 16, 2015: Fulani Herdsmen attack and killed farmers in Plateau.
September 2015: an attack by some Fulani herdsmen on the community of Onitsha Ukwuani in Ndokwa West local government area of Delta State left about three persons dead. A middle-aged woman was raped and subsequently killed by three Fulani herdsmen in Edo state.
October 2, 2015: Fulani Herdsmen raped, killed Ogun Residents and Farmers.
November 2015: Herdsmen invaded Ulaja and Ojeh communities in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State and killed about 22 men and women.
December 1, 2015: Fulani Herdsmen kill a man in Ofagbe community, Isoko North council area of Delta.
This have not been the best by our leaders, and I think we won’t see a change in this trend of violence till Nigerians insist on having political leaders ready to account for the life of every citizen. Though it would be totally wrong for us to put the blame wholly on Buhari all because of his ethnicity.