Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex Igbo socio-political group, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s nationwide broadcast, where he vowed to deal with killer herdsmen and their sponsors.
The group said Buhari’s speech was a mockery of the situation.
President Muhammadu Buhari had during his Democracy Day speech vowed to decisively deal with those killing and sponsoring killers in the country.
He said his government would not hesitate to punish anybody found wanting in the needless clashes between farmers and herders in the country.
Reacting, Ohanaeze said the President trivialised the killing of Nigerians in the churches and their homes by armed herdsmen by referring to such incidents as farmers/ herdsmen clashes.
Emeka Attaah, media assistant to the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nnia Nwodo, said the President had earlier blamed Libyan trained terrorists for killing innocent Nigerians, pointing out that his latest position smacked off insensitivity.
The group said: “The President concluded his speech without sympathising with the relations of those who were killed while sleeping in their homes or praying in their churches.
“This is condemnable. His (President’s) attempt to reduce the willful killings of Nigerians in their homes to clashes between herdsmen and farmers is a mockery of the situation. He has trivialised the issue and this is like pouring petrol into a raging fire.
“This is unfortunate. The speech was not presidential. He should have used this rare opportunity to sooth frayed nerves. It is bad.”