President Muhammadu Buhari while receiving the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), led by Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, promised to review the appointments made by his administration and take a second look where necessary, The Nation report.
He also explained that the proposed cattle colony by the Federal Government in response to the killings and frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers is not meant to colonise any part of the country.
According to him, the intention of the government is to create grazing locations for cattle rearers an idea which, he said, has been misconstrued as colonisation.
Buhari met with the Bishops in camera, but presidential spokesman Femi Adesina issued a statement on what the President said.
Besides, the Bishops gave the text of their address to State House reporters.
The President regretted that the well-thought out policy, which he said was conceived after wide consultations with stakeholders had been largely misunderstood by a section of the public.
He, however, assured the bishops that the government would continue to explore all opportunities and support initiatives to ensure peace and stability in restive areas.
Condemning the killings in Benue, Adamawa, Taraba, and Zamfara states, the President said security operatives would ensure prosecution of perpetrators and all those found with illegal arms.
He said: ‘‘The impression created that I was sitting in an air-conditioned office and home, enjoying myself while these things happened is dishonest.
‘‘At every step, I have tried to foresee these problems because I have the experience as a former military officer who commanded three out of the four divisions of the Nigerian Army – in Lagos, Ibadan and Jos.
‘‘I am quite aware of the problems we have and I am doing my best to get law enforcement agencies to be on the alert,’’ Buhari said.
The President added that he would not be tired of recounting remarkable progress recorded security, economy and the fight against corruption.
‘‘We have done very well on security in the Northeast, when you compare what the condition was before we came in and what it is now.