Hundreds of people have stormed Makurdi, the capital of Nigeria’s eastern Benue state, today in protest against the deadly raids on villages by suspected Fulani herders that began on New Year’s Day (see earlier entry), the AFP news agency reports.
A Twitter user has posted photos of the demonstrations, reflecting anger that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is not doing enough to stop such attacks:
— Tion Paul Tyover (@iyotyover) January 3, 2018
Over recent years, the herders have been forced from their more traditional grazing lands in the north by the Boko Haram insurgency, and the encroaching desert.
It has put them in direct conflict with local farmers, resulting in death and the destruction of entire communities.