“The Presidency has been embarrassed by the large scale loss of lives caused by such repeated violence against innocent people.”

A top government source said this while reacting to the meeting of President Muhammadu Buhari will be having on Monday (today) with some leaders from Benue State over the recent killings recorded in the state.

Those expected at the meeting scheduled to hold at the Presidential Villa, Abuja include political, traditional and opinion leaders.

A top government source told journalists on the condition of anonymity on Sunday that Governor Samuel Orton was expected to lead the state delegation that would include federal and state lawmakers.

Security chiefs are also expected at the meeting.

The source described the meeting as one of the ways Buhari is responding to the recent violent attacks on communities in the state by Fulani herdsmen.

The source said, “The urgent meeting is inevitable because of the frequency and scale of such violence and the reactions that have trailed the incidents.

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“The Presidency has been embarrassed by the large scale loss of lives caused by such repeated violence against innocent people.”

He also gave an indication that the state governor might be asked at the meeting to explain his alleged role in arming some militias.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,  Garba Shehu, confirmed that the meeting with the Benue leaders is on the President’s schedule for Monday.

Shehu however said he had not been briefed on the issues to be discussed at the meeting.

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