Buhari invited to communal killings discussion


Nigerian lawmakers voted to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to the House of Representatives to discuss the spate of killings in central Nigeria.

Hundreds of people died in clashes this year between semi-nomadic herdsmen and settled farmers in central states, including 16 killed in an attack on a church in Benue.

The violence has raised questions about government’s ability to maintain security in the country, putting pressure on Buhari less than a year before an election he wants to contest.

The motion in the lower house called for the president to appear to discuss the situation in Benue, where high profile killings have taken place and other states in the region, including Taraba, Nasarawa and Kaduna.

No date was suggested for his appearance.

Buhari’s spokesmen did not respond to text messages and phone calls seeking comment.