President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed Nigeria’s ongoing conflict between herders and farmers on former Libyan president, Muammar Gaddafi, who died in 2011.

The struggle for access and control of lands over which roaming herdsmen graze their cattle has led to conflict with local farmers all over the country, resulting in the death of hundreds just this year alone with herders credited with a majority of the attacks.

According to President Buhari, the conflict escalated due to Gaddafi’s army of trained gunmen who escaped into Nigeria and started causing problems to local populations with their sophisticated weapons.

The president made his remarks in response to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, during a meeting between the two at the Abuja House in London on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

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He said, “The problem (herders/farmers conflict) is even older than us. It has always been there but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region.

“These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Gadaffi of Libya. When he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram.

“Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way, but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons. The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions.”

The president had earlier blamed Gaddafi for some of the menace of terrorist group, Boko Haram, while he was speaking to the Nigerian community in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in November 2017.

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He said the instability in Libya was responsible for the escalation of the terrorist insurgency as many Nigerians who returned from the North African country were recruited by Boko Haram due to the nature of their work in Libya.

The president said, “After 43 years of Gaddafi where he recruited so many people from the Sahel including Nigeria and so on, all they learnt was how to shoot and kill. They didn’t learn to become electricians, plumbers or any other trade. So, when the Libyans stood against their leader those who are not their people, they chased them out.

“A lot of them came back home with their workers, some of them participated in Boko Haram and become part of Boko Haram.”

The president promised that his administration, in its bid to properly secure the country, will do its best to rehabilitate Nigerians who are coming back from Libya and make sure they’re not indoctrinated.



  1. Mr. President, if I may ask, does it mean that invaders will be killing citizen and the govt cannot do anything… Northerners with thier stupid politics, you’re incompetent period.

  2. Hear mumu talk. If the herdsmen are Libyans, why did u tell us to accommodate them/our country/men? Another point, Libya shares land borders with Algeria, Chad, Egypt,Sudan, Tunisia &Niger Republic but not with Nigeria… So the herdsmen flew over these countries to Nigeria?

  3. In telling lies to cover up PMB exposes himself the more. who opened the border of Niger and Chard that is always open especially during election? Let the news men find this out from him.

  4. Even the dead can be blamed for Nigeria’s misfortune. This man likes dead people sha. The other time, he included some dead persons in the board of one of his parastatals. Now, he is blaming g Gaddafi, a dead man, for what u happening in the north. An African proverb says: “When a person keeps talking about the dead, he will soon dance with them”. Are you sure Gaddafi is not calling Buhari to dance with him? No be me talk am oh lol.

  5. Are we quick to have forgotten the Aljazeera interview of 2014 where could not the full meaning of APC nor the name of his running mate. They interviewer had mocked the Nigerian when he asked is there no more learned people in Nigeria that a man could not remember his party or his running mate should be presented for election? He had called his party “All Peoples Conference” and His vice Adebanyo. What a lazy and incoherent man leading the so call Giant of Africa. Enough of this garbage

  6. Now that our head of government has identify the killers of Nigerians to be foreigners, and not the Fulani herdsmen, what will be d way forward? Instead of allowing these foreigners to continue their carnage, why don’t the government give d Armed Forces of our great nation the go ahead to defend this external aggression squarely from these external aggressors. I believe that is the constitutional mandate of our Armed Forces.

  7. Buhari head is shaking that is why is saying nonsense how can he say that Nigeria youth are lazy while throughout his life he has never work on his own rather than squashing Nigeria money on his coup plot and medical treatment abroad vote him out of office come 2019 YEYE the smell

  8. If,President Buhari saying 60% of our youth are droop out and30% are not even go to school, thinking Nigeria is a rich’ they can get everything Free ,what is wrong there,? Those political thugs, kidnapper’s ,BH ,Fulani killing, robbery, are not act of illiteracy, people doing shoe shiner ,conductors, water vendors, street cleaners, why some of our youth decided 2 stay helpful less, Baba you are RIGHT

  9. Those against Buhari, are the looers, & Genesis of Book,Haram, because they have no longer have power to continue showcasing their devil act, Nigeria is out of bombing by God grace,PMB 2019

  10. This is one of the litmuses that keeps portraying PMB as an over-age individual who needed to go back to his country home in Daura. All these unnecessary comments about Nigerian youths and resort to the reminiscences of past governments’ failures and attribution of herdsmen’ killings to political and late Gadafi, are signals to the fact that he is becoming more clueless and even inciting Nigerians’ emotional minds against the Libya Nation.

  11. Look at how stupid some are,this illegal critism by some Nigerian. Does buhari no right to speak his mind in a political affairs of the Africa ?why you people are policism the Mr President’s words, just because you have different policies and opions?

  12. Hhhhhhhh Igbo thunder fire u all you were not chose Buhari but for anything anytime u dey disappointing this old man that’s why for thousands years by the grace of god u will Neva rule Nigeria… I know you know she knows he knows we know it knows whenever Igbo start leading for this country one year is he destroys and scattered for anything turn his language dispart in to slavers whether u like or not sai Baba even for 2019 go hang urselves Mtcwwww

  13. If he is not a dead man I dnt think he would be thinking and be accusing a dead president of another country. Buhari was the same man that signed sharia into law in Nigeria year 2000. And he was mentioned by bokoharam as there spokes person and how to hold a meeting in Saudi Arabia. He is responsible for all these problem. And Buhari did not win 2015 election on merit rather because of his trouble and his devilish involvement and pressure that make Jonathan to just let go of everything and allow peace to reign. Buhari does not care about anything apart from his selfish ambition of becoming a Nigeria president no matter what may happen- ( the fight and the blood of innocent citizens) as he describe as monkeys and baboo will soak with blood.

  14. Is today that I come to understand that really Mr president Buhari is not current and his agents truly not professionals how can somebody that died since 20011 will wake up from his grave and train such ass hole furthermore there is no stable government in Libya who train who is haftar who is trying to unify the western Libya or UN back government which struggling to keep power.

  15. PMB come 2019
    Hello middle belt, you are only paying the price of innocent Igbo men, women and children you slaughtered during the civil war. What is after you people now is nemesis. The blood of the innocent is on vengeance

  16. Has your memory started failing you?(#saraj s Adams) We can very much remember how northern leaders created and bankroll this terrorist. As we speak you guys still have sympathy for them, why not? They are championing the cause of Islam and sharia.

  17. Can you imagine a rtrd military general talking like an idle civilian. Does he even know he ought to fish out these foreigners and either send them out from this country and question how they infiltrated our space or is it bc he is also Fulani so foreign Fulani can hv uninhibited access into another country. In this situation when the Ghanaian president gave his order on this Fulani herders in his country did it not stop. Shame to this APC govt.


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