22 April 2017
– by Premier Journalist

The Nigerian army has launched a month-long operation to reduce violence between Christian farmers and Muslim herders in the centre of the country.

The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Tukur Buratai said the aim of the exercise, which began yesterday, is to ensure that the southern Kaduna area is kept safe. 

“I know it has been in the press and it has generated a lot of interest but we are determined to shoulder the major responsibility of keeping the peace always and it is better to do this job than to leave it until it goes out of hand. God forbid,” he said.

The army released a statement saying it will also offer humanitarian aid to the region, including medical support.

Precise figures for deaths are hard to come by, but according to government figures, hundreds of people have died in the ethnically charged clashes in Kaduna State. 

The fighting pressures the government who is already tackling Boko Haram in the northeast and militants in the oil-rich south.

President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler and Muslim has been accused by Nigerian politicians of not responding firmly to the attacks and has been widely criticised for repeatedly shying away from commenting on the violence.

Article source: www.premier.org.uk

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