Nigeria rejects UN report on violence

ABUJA (AFP) – Nigeria on Friday rejected the findings of a United Nations (UN) report on violence in the country accusing it of simply blaming the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“While we agree that the violence in Nigeria, or in any country, is a major concern and that there is a rippling effect, we are disappointed that the rapporteur was silent on intra-group violence,” presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said in a statement.

Shehu defended the government saying it was trying its best to end the violence.

“There is absolutely no doubt that violence between farmers and herders, which has a long history in our country spiked in recent years but the effectiveness with which the federal and state authorities responded made a big difference,” he said.

Calm has virtually returned to all parts affected by the peculiar violence, he added.