Herdsmen's attacks: Obasanjo visits Benue

President Muhammadu Buhari addressing Benue leaders when he visited the state

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.

"I can not overlook the killings in Benue or any other part of Nigeria".

He stated that the visit might also signal a complete end to the violent attacks on Benue Communities by marauding herdsmen.

During the visit, he declared support for the Anti-Grazing Law implemented by the state government in 2017, warning that it must not be compromised.

Buhari appealed to the people to pay more attention to farming, especially rice cultivation, saying that rice importation had dropped by 90 per cent since some states embarked on massive production of the commodity.

Ortom said that many states were now involved in massive cultivation of rice, and urged his people to join the trend. And somebody must accept the responsibility to put an end to this.

The President is expected to meet with the Benue state governor and other stakeholders later in the day. "I am genuinely anxious about the attacks in Benue and we are doing everything to end them", he said. "I am quite surprised", he said.

Camps in Gbajimba, Guma LGA headquarters.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday urged leaders to work closely together to tackle the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen across the country.

Obasanjo also laid a wreath in honour of the 73 victims of the herdsmen attacks in Makurdi, the Benue State capital and flayed the additional killing of over 85 persons since the mass burial in January 2018. There will be a meeting of stakeholders in the State House.

He regretted that the investment and development can not take place in a chaotic atmosphere because investors would be unwilling to invest in such places.

"We must know why it (killings) is happening and why we must put an end to it, someone must take responsibility to put an end to it".



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