Obasanjo visits Cemetery of 73 people killed by Herdsmen in Benue

  • Obasanjo visits Cemetery of 73 people killed by Herdsmen in Benue

Obasanjo visits Cemetery of 73 people killed by Herdsmen in Benue

The President had last week visited Taraba State, one of the states troubled with the herdsmen-farmers crisis which has left scores dead and displaced hundreds.

The ex-president said that he felt coming to the graveside and laying a wreath would expressed his sorrow, sympathy and empathy with the family, governor and all the people of the state and indeed all Nigerians without any exception.

Buhari told the meeting attended by farmers, herdsmen and government officials including senators and members of the house of representatives, that he is doing his best to tackle insecurity in the land. "I am genuinely anxious about the attacks in Benue and we are doing everything to end them", he said.

"I would have thought that if he had meant to inject politics into it, he would have been on the plane the morning after the incident", Shehu said.

"I urge you to keep in touch with them and advise them to live peacefully".

Recalling his civil war era memories with military officers from Benue, he noted that his nostalgic experience with such persons would never allow him to do harm to the state.

Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom has announced the visit of president Muhammad Buhari to the state on Monday.

He emphatically sued for peace among the people.

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.

The monarch, who said he would be happy to receive the president, also wants victims of the devastations to be compensated and more of federal presence instituted in the state, among others.

A former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday emphasised the need for leaders in the country to take responsibility for killings in Benue State, in a bid to put an end to the unjustifiable loss of lives.