President Muhammadu Buhari has accused politicians of cheap blackmail over the recent killings and clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country.

Buhari said some politicians are smearing his image with claims that he has remained silent over the killings across the country because he belongs to the Fulani tribe.

He was speaking during the All Progressives Congress (APC) rally for Kayode Fayemi in Ekiti for the forthcoming July 17 governorship election.

“May I again clear the air on the issue of herdsmen and farmers conflict. Many politicians in their mischievous attitude have been blackmailing me and the APC-led administration purporting that I have not taken any action on the issue because I am a Fulani man. This is a cheap blackmail.”

The President, however, reiterated his commitment to his oath of office of protecting lives of Nigerians.

“The protection of lives and properties of Nigerians is my responsibility. This I have vowed to do and will stick to the oath of office. I assure you that measures are been taken to ensure lasting solutions,” he said