President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to crush the perpetrators of the unrest in Plateau State which recently saw the death of 22 travelers.
This is as he advised Nigerians to come together and deal with those who seek to cause a division for their own financial and political gain.
Buhari said this in a statement issued by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
“If anything, simplistic theorising and finger-pointing make the situation worse.
“It is important both for Nigerians and the international community to appreciate that there are a multitude of factors attendant to these troubles.
“While international voices and some Nigerian politicians who seek selfish personal gains from division declare the herder-farmer clashes a matter of religion, for those involved, it is entirely a matter of access to water and land.
“Then, further afield in the South-East, IPOB are not struggling for freedom when they attack police stations and property, but rather committing acts of terrorism in order to steal money.
“They are equally not defending Christians, as their highly paid foreign lobbyists claim, but because the lobbyists for IPOB have duped them, some misguided foreign media and politicians believe so.
“As for Nigerians, what we need is to come together. And we must do this firstly by casting asunder those who seek to cause a division for their own financial and political gain,” the statement said.