The Presidency has said it has evidence of some politicians behind the crisis in some states across the country.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu said this in a statement while reacting to statement credited to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national Chairman Uche Secondus that President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has singled the opposition politicians out for punishment.
Garba Shehu appealed to Nigerians to disregard any false reports.
He added that climate change, specifically the drying up of the Chad Basin has led to more pressure on the population in the northern part of the country, saying this further compounded the crisis between herders and local residents.
“The presidency is appealing to all its citizens as well as members of the international community to refrain from spreading false stories and inflammatory statements concerning the recent herder-farmer clashes,” he said.
“The Nigerian government is working closely with state governments and security services — as well as international partners — in order to resolve this ongoing issue.
“The clashes between herders and farmers are historical. The causes of these confrontations are varied and complex.
“Climate change, specifically the drying up of the Chad Basin, has led to more pressure on the population in the North of Nigeria, which further compounded the problem.
“As President Buhari indicated lately, there is evidence of the involvement of some politicians using criminals to perpetuate the killings.
“Climate change is an issue of global significance and the Nigerian government is determined to continue working closely with its neighbours in order to ensure that a long-term solution can be implemented.
“The federal government makes no distinction amongst the population and works tirelessly to protect all Nigerian people.
“We are strongest as a nation when we are united and it is through unity that we will overcome this challenge.