Updated: February 27, 2021
In a statement on Thursday to Today News Africa, the Buhari Media Organization (BMO) blamed the opposition People’s Democratic Party for the massacre by the Fulani herdsmen in Plateau state on Sunday.
As many as 200 people were killed on Sunday in the central state of Plateau, many of them children and women. The aggressors reportedly were Fulani herdsmen who often clash with local farmers.
The story always seems to be the same. The Fulani herdsmen often accuse the farmers of killing their cattle while the farmers often accuse the animals of destroying their farms.
President Muhammadu Buhari, a Fulani Muslim, has been accused of turning a bling eye to atrocities being committed by the Fulani herdsmen. He has repeatedly denied such accusations but the reign of terror has continued.
On Thursday, BMO issued the statement below, exonerating the ruling All Progressives Congress and hanging all the blames on the shoulders of the opposition PDP.
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The horrific and heinous hacking to death of scores of innocent Nigerians in Plateau State has been described as the handiwork of dare-devil political opponents of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in order to replace the party’s recent successful National Convention with tears, sorrow and blood.
According to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, was behind the “harvest of death in order to truncate the achievement of the APC and cast dark imagery on the season of goodwill of President Buhari’s political party.”
In a statement signed by Chairman Austin Braimo and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said the carnage and brigandage was timed to meet the period that APC Delegates were returning home in Northern Nigeria through Plateau State; where they were waylaid and murdered in cold blood. “This was done to tarnish the reputation of the President and cast the image of APC in bad light, just for the desperate opposition to gain some political advantage.
“It was also gathered that illegal road blocks were set up by the hired assassins to carry out their nefarious and dastardly hatchet act of man’s inhumanity to man. Almost 90 people were cut down in their prime near Jos, Plateau Capital.”
The group says it is saddened that “the APC today is laden with heavy hearts by the mass killing of innocent breadwinners, women and children, under the guise of herdsmen versus farmers’ unrest.
“The Buhari Media Organisation is appealing to Nigerians to show love to Mr. President and show avowed resistance to the unpatriotic people who are working hard to pull the President and his party down.
“The opposition PDP might have achieved its sadistic media objectives of casting pall on the APC and Federal Government, but doing that on a field soaked with human blood is regrettable and unpardonable.
“No amount of calculated distractions or ill-will would prevent President Buhari from fulfilling his electoral promises of security, unity, equity and development to Nigerians. We pray for the repose of the souls of these martyrs, and quick recovery to the maimed and injured while commiserating with the families of the departed”,the statement concluded.
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