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Your response to Donald Trump confirms why you don't value human lives in Nigeria — CAN replies Buhari

"All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

/ by Bobby Adams


The Christian Association of Nigeria CAN, has described Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with President Donald Trump of the United States of America as weak.


The Christian body said the President's response describing killings of innocent people in the country as "cultural thing" confirms why he does not care about lives he swore to protect. 


Buhari had in his closing remarks at the end of the two-day ministerial performance review retreat at the presidential villa Abuja on Tuesday, said he told his American counterpart that the problem between herders and farmers is not religious but cultural.


“I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries, the president of United States invited, and when I was in his office only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, he said ‘why are you killing Christians?’” Buhari said.

“I wonder if you were the person how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion.


“So, I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and stagnant farmers I know is older than me not to talk of him (Trump). I think I am a couple of years older than him.


“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root to your water point, they will follow it, it doesn’t matter whose farm it is.”


“The first republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle routes where they used meagre resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department,” he said.


“So, any cattle rearer that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm is arrested, taken before the court, the farmer is called to submit his bill and if he can’t pay, the cattle are sold, but subsequent leaders, VVIPs (very very important persons) they encroached on the cattle routes, they took over the cattle rearing areas.


“So, I tried and explained to him, this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing which the respective leadership was failing the nation.”


But reacting, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, in an interview with Punch said, “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.


“President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.


“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”


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