Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is in Benue on a two-day working visit.

Apparently, he was prepared for the avalanche of complaints that the community leaders shot at him on Tuesday during a meeting at the Benue People’s Government House, Makurdi.

One of such is the claim that the killings in Benue were the outcome of a planned agenda to eliminate some people.

He said the Federal Government is determined to prove such insinuations false by rebuilding all damaged communities.

The anger and disappointment expressed by the people at the meeting was “right and justified” he could not deny that, but he gave the assurance that government will protect them.

Prof. Osinbajo said the recent recruitment into the various arms of security agencies is aimed at ending fresh attacks.


How about the lives lost and property destroyed? The VP said there are several interventions that have been initiated to make life bearable.

Sadly, government cannot bring back the dead, but the Vice President promised that the government would “dig deep into the root cause of the crises to find lasting solutions... ”

He also dismissed the religious colorations attached to the killings, saying “persecutions have always been with Christians and it is the duty of Christians to stop it”.

“The gospel of Jesus cannot be killed by anybody; it is not fragile or written on a piece of paper,” he explained.

The vice president also condoled with the Catholic Church for the attack on its priests and worshipers at Saint Ignatius Parish Mbalom.

18 people including two catholic priests were killed by suspected armed herdsmen.

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