President Buhari has ordered Nigeria’s army and police chiefs to “secure all communities under attack by herdsmen”. “This government will not allow these attacks to continue,” Soldiers and police would “go after the groups terrorizing innocent people all over the country”, he said.
The announcement comes after national outrage over the killing of at least 20 people on Monday in a raid on the Ukpabi Nimbo community in south-eastern Enugu State. The raids are seen as the biggest security threat facing Nigeria after the Islamist-led insurgency. Nomadic herders from the Fulani ethnic group and farming communities often clash for control of land and water.
In a statement, Mr Buhari said he deeply sympathised with those who had lost their lives. The conflict has been going on for about two decades, but following the upsurge in attacks this year the government is under increasing pressure to take steps to curb it.