Nigerian government on Thursday said that the rampaging Fulani herdsmen reported to have killed lives and raped women as well as destroyed farmers’ farmlands in some states in the country are not terrorists but simply criminals.
The federal government however said that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is a terrorists organization because it has carved out a territory within Nigeria for its members.
The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu gave the statement while playing guest to Channels TV programme on Thursday.
The presidency made the comment following mounting pressure from various quarters of the country for it to equally categorize Fulani herdsmen as terrorist just like the federal government has done to IPOB.
The Nigerian army had tagged IPOB a terrorist organization following a clash between IPOB and the military in Umuahia, Abia state over a week ago. During the clash, IPOB members used broken bottles on the military personnel as well as stones.
But reports alleged that the military shot and killed many of the group’s members, an allegation the Nigerian army denied, challenging those making the claims to provide proof.
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