President Muhammadu Buhari has again spoken in defense of the Fulani herdsmen, insisting that they do not move around with AK-47 assault rifles, but sticks.
The President said this during the meeting with the President of the United States, Donald Trump, in Washington DC, on Monday.
He said: “The problem of herders in Nigeria is a very long historical thing. The Nigerian herders don’t carry anything more than a stick and occasionally a matchete to cut down foliage and give it to their animals, these ones are carrying AK-47.
Asked about the derogatory comments by President Trump about Nigeria, President Buhari said he couldn’t comment on it because he is not sure if President Trump indeed made the statement.
Thanking the United stayed for selling the Tucano aircraft to Nigeria, Buhari maintained that Nigeria would remain grateful to the United States for agreeing to sell the aircraft.
He further said that the country is even more grateful to the US for the physical presence of the US military in Nigeria and their actions in ensuring the end of terrorism and insurgency in North Eastern part of the country.
“The commitment of the United States to get rid of terrorism across the world, we have fast earned experience from that and we are grateful for it,” he expressed.