President Buhari blames powerful individuals for herders, farmers clashes 

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– President Buhari says security agencies need to be more proactive by gathering and sending intelligence

– He states that the ongoing war against corruption would be reinvigorated and sustained – The president says properties confiscated by security outfits from suspected corrupt public officials would be sold after the completion of court procedures President Muhammadu Buhari has accused powerful individuals of being behind the lingering conflicts between farmers and herdsmen in parts of the country. He made the accusation on Thursday, March 22, during a visit to Zamfara state in continuation of his tour of states affected by violence occasioned by herders and farmers conflict. The president commended the security agencies for their efforts in curbing crime but stated that they had to be more proactive by gathering, sending intelligence and warnings when something is about to happen.

He said there was a need to revisit and review the old grazing area arrangement that guaranteed harmonious relationship between farmers and herdsmen, where differences were amicably resolved through the law. The president stated that the ongoing war against corruption would be reinvigorated and sustained until public officers, who abuse their positions, face the wrath of the law.

He said properties confiscated by security outfits from some suspected corrupt public officials would be sold after the completion of court procedures.

At the opening ceremony for the two-day summit on national security on Thursday, February 8, organised by the Senate on the spate of killings by herdsmen and other crimes across the country, the vice president said: “State police is the way to go.” The Punch reports that the event, which entered closed doors after the ceremony held at the NAF centre in Abuja.