Buhari's Benue visit not political - Presidency

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

Today, President Buhari was told by Governor Ortom that Idris did not spend 24 hours in the state, as he moved to neighbouring Nasarawa state, thus violating President Buhari's order.

Also speaking, Former Benue State Governor during Buhari military junta, Atom Opera who described the president as a man of his words advised him to replicate what he did in other states like Zàmfara when cattle were rustled to Benue and faulted the IGP who was earlier deployed to the state for performing beyond expectations.

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To show their displeasure with Buhari, the Benue people populated mostly by Tivs refused to welcome the president to their state with cheers as depicted by these pictures. Cattle rearing is a business, so the Fulani people have to control their cattle by obeying the state law on ranching. "I am genuinely anxious about the attacks in Benue and we are doing everything to end them", he said.

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President Muhammadu Buhari says he is not aware that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, left Benue State for Nasarawa State after he was ordered to relocate to the state. "Whether that person is loyal to you or not is totally a different thing", President Buhari said.

Daily Trust observed yesterday that the portion of the road from Markurdi airport to the Wurukum junction roundabout of the state capital was being worked on by the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) in preparation for the visit.

Obasanjo made the call in Makurdi on Saturday when he visited the graves and laid wreath at the graveyard of the 73 victims of herdsmen attack. "We can not talk of a free, secure country where we will want development to take place and investors to come and be suffering this type of senselessness", he said.

"We need to find out what is the problem and that is the responsibility of leaders".

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