Buhari Arrives Benue, Meets Stakeholders


President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Makurdi, the Benue State capital, to meet with the Governor Samuel Ortom, and stakeholders.

Buhari is billed to visit the Benue on Monday in continuation of his tour of states ravaged by insecurity.

President Buhari had visited Taraba State last week, and is also expected to visit Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers states where there have been reports of terror attacks and clashes.

On his part, the President General of Mdzough u Tiv, a socio-cultural umbrella body of the Tiv people, Engr.

Governor Ortom said the sending of two delegations to assess extent of damage caused in the state as a result of herdsmen and farmers conflict ahead of the President's visit was a sign of hope that the IDPs would return to their homes.

He said the continued violence and insurgency required collaboration and collective urgent attention, stressing that tackling security challenges must begin from the roots to secure permanently solution.

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But when he visited the state on Monday, the president was told that Idris did not spend up to 24 hours in the state. "We believe that during the visit he would give directives to his security chiefs who include the Minister of Defence and the Inspector General of Police so that things would be better for us in Benue State", Ujege said.

Akputu appealed to the president to compensate and rebuild the homes of the displaced farmers to enable them go back to farming, now that the rain is approaching. He said he is genuinely anxious about the attacks in Benue and doing everything to end them.

While he commiserated with the people over the killings, he described the attacks and bloodshed as unfortunate. There will be a meeting of stakeholders in the State House.

Representative of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Benue Chapter, Shettima Mohammed, denied responsibility for the Benue attacks.

He stated further that the burial will now take place next week Thursday.