|President Buhari (left), President Donald Trump (right)|
President Muhamadu Buhari on Tuesday discloses the reply he gave the President of the United State of American when he accused him of having a hand in the killing of Christians in Nigeria.
Buhari said this while delivering his closing remark at the end of the two-day ministerial performance review retreat at the presidential villa, Abuja, where he also spoke on the cattle rearer/farmer’s conflicts among others.
He narrated how he found himself on a one-on-one situation with US President Donal Trump who had been placed under the impression that the Nigerian government was using the crisis as a guise to persecute Christians.
“I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries that the president of the United States invited. And when I was in his office, only he and myself, he looked at me in the face and said why are you killing Christians, if you were the one, I wonder how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray me before him, so I understood it.“The problem between cattle rearers and stagnant farmers, which is older than me not to talk of him (President Donald Trump), because I know I am a couple of years older than him, was happening. It’s climate change with population growth and the misunderstanding of the culture of the cattle rearers.“If you have 50 cows and they eat grass or something, any route to their water pond they will follow it, it doesn’t matter whose farm it was. The First Republic set of leaders were the most responsible leaders we’ve ever had. They had a gazette in the early 60s, which delineated the cattle routes and the grazing areas. They used meager resources then to put water dams, windmills.“So any cattle rearer who allowed his cattle to somebody’s farm was arrested, taken before a court, the farmer is called to submit his bill then the judge will say if a cattle rearer couldn’t pay, his cattle were sold and the farmer is paid. But subsequent leaders, the VIPs, encroached on the cattle routes, they took over the cattle rearing areas.“There was a time I went to Bayelsa State and I saw cattle rearers there, so I suspected they were going into the Atlantic.”