Nigerian president Buhari orders investigation into Benue state clashes
Feb 29, Abuja: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into communal clashes, which have left hundreds dead in central Benue state, media reports said.
Benue has a history of violent attacks and reprisals between semi-nomadic herdsmen and farmers.
Buhari said that he was in "deep shock" at the past week's violence between herdsmen from the Fulani ethnic group and local farmers, an official statement said.
Buhari called for unity among Nigerians. He said, "There should not be any reason why Nigerians of any group or tongue cannot now reside with one another."
Different groups of Fulani militants killed a total of more than 1,200 people in 2014, meaning that if taken together they would be the world's fourth deadliest militant group, according to the most recent Global Terrorism Index.
According to local media, several thousand people have been displaced.
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