The Nigerian Presidency has said the persistent killings in different parts of the country was partly the handiwork of ISIS.
Garba Shehu, the Special Assistant on Media to President Buhari, said this on a Channels television programme on Wednesday. Shehu said intelligence had shown the killings was being carried out by the terrorists group.
“There is intelligence available that clearly indicates that, yes, there are Fulani herds people who kill but this country also suffers from attacks by ISIS which has come into the country and they found a place in the cleavages that divide the country,” he said on Sunrise Daily.
“It is very clear that there is an attempt by some people, within and outside the country, to create a war,” Shehu added.
There has been unabated killings in Benue, Taraba, Zamfara, and some other states, which had been put down to farmers-herders clashes.
Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari had told foreign media that some outlawed Libyan fighters trained by former Libyan leader, Muammar Gadaffi had infiltrated into the country and responsible for some of the killings.
It is not clear if the said fighters are working independently as mercenaries or part of the Islamic State in West Africa Province, ISWAP. Last year, the ISWAP – to which the Al-barnawi faction of Boko Haram had pledged loyalty to – claimed responsibility for the killing of eight soldiers in an attack in Yobe.