I Cannot Overlook Killings In Benue - Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari scheduled visits to troubled Nigerian states has resumed.
On Monday, he was in Benue State and he met with farmers, herdsmen, government officials and other concern persons in the clashes that have claimed over 100 lives since the beginning of 2018.
Addressing the gathering, President Buhari denied insinuations that he is not interested in what happens to the north-central state.
He said that government is deeply worried about the incessant attacks on Benue’s rural communities, and vowed to end the menace “very soon”.
“I cannot overlook the killings in Benue or any other part of Nigeria. I cannot do that. I am genuinely worried about the attacks in Benue and we are doing everything to end them,” he said.
One person that has not been happy with the way the Federal Government has handled the crisis in Benue State is Governor Samuel ortom and he was present at the meeting.
Governor Ortom appealed to the President to upgrade the ongoing military exercise in the state tagged “Ayem Akpatema”, to a wider operation to effectively curb herdsmen attacks.
“If the exercise is upgraded to a wider operation, it will assist greatly in ending the incessant attacks and senseless killings by herdsmen,” he said
He urged Benue people to learn to live in peace with non-indigenes.
The governor reiterated his call for the arrest of the leadership of Miyetti Allah, Kautal Hore, alleging that the body was responsible for the killings in Benue.
Ortom maintained that ranching is the best option for cattle breeding in Nigeria, and advised herdsmen to embrace it so as to minimise the clashes caused by open grazing.
He also wants the Federal Government to take over the management of the Benue University Teaching Hospital, College of Education, Katsina-Ala and Benue Polytechnic, Ugbokolo.
Mr Shetima Mohammed, a representative of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Benue Chapter, however, denied responsibility for the Benue attacks.
“Our association is a peace loving one and the exact opposite of what is being portrayed,” he declared.