As President Muhammadu Buhari Visits Benue,
President Muhammadu Buhari has denied deliberately looking the other way while armed Fulani herdsmen continue to unleash terror on the people across the country.
The President stated this at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi when he visited the State to commiserate with the people over the attacks that led to lost of lives and properties.
He stated that the Federal Government under his watch was doing every thing necessary to tackle the security challenges confronting the country especially the herdsmen menace.
The President however charged the stakeholders to advice people around them to exercise restraint and learn to cohabit with each other to ensure peace in the country.
President Buhari also promised that when the economy of the country improves, Federal Infrastructure in the country would be given a facelift, particularly the Federal Roads which are in a bad state.
Earlier, Governor Samuel Ortom expressed the believe that the visit of the President would mark an end to the attacks and killings which has resulted to the displacement of over one hundred and seventy thousand people who are languishing in IDP camps.
Governor Ortom particularly appealed to President Buhari to upgrade the Exercise Ayem A Kpatuma to an operation to make it more effective and direct the arrest of the leadership of Miyatti Allah Kautal Hore who he said masterminded the attacks.
He called on the Federal Government to take over the management of the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Benue State Polytechnic Ogbokolo and College of Education, Katsina Ala to reduce the burden on the state.
Meanwhile, Stakeholders in Benue State want the Federal Government to support the open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law promulgated by the House of Assembly to end the circle of killings in the country.
They made the appeal during an interactive session with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Benue People’s Makurdi.
second republic minister, Wantaregh Paul Unongo and Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse stated that Benue people were deeply hurt by the attacks and expressed optimism that the visit of the President would end the attacks.
In his presentation, the President General of Mzough U Tiv, Edward Ujege said the law was made on the request of the people following sustained clashes between herdsmen and farmers in which hundreds of people lost their lives with property worth billions of naira destroyed.
Mr Ujege who spoke on behalf of other social cultural organisations in Benue called for the compensation and rehabilitation of communities destroyed by the attacks and requested for more federal presence.
On their part, the Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, Wilfred Anagbe and the Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria in the State, Reverend Akpen Leva said due to modernisation and increase in population, there was the need to upgrade the system of cattle rearing to avoid conflicts.
Senator Representing Benue North East, George Akume and member representing Gboko Tarka Federal Constituency, Mr. John Dyegh said President Muhammadu Buhari had the pedigree of fighting insurgencies and called on him to act fast to end the attacks and killings.
BY TERNA INJUA/MAKURDI