Buhari To Visit Taraba, Benue, Yobe, Zamfara, Rivers States
Mar 08 2018 by Kathy Alvarado
"We are extremely moved by the fact that while for more than 48 hours people were being killed at Nguroje, on the Mambila Plateau of Taraba state, President Buhari remained in Kano to celebrate the wedding of Governor Ganduje's daughter". Yobe, in northeast Nigeria, is where Boko Haram abducted 110 schoolgirls in the town of Dapchi on February 19, almost four years after a similar abduction caused global outrage.
"No wonder many Nigerians have dismissed the planned visit of President Buhari to these states as cosmetic afterthought".
"To further demonstrate his lack of compassion for Nigerians, while the entire nation, especially parents of the 110 abducted school girls in Dapchi, Yobe State are still in anguish, President Buhari went to Kano last Saturday to attend a social function, thus sparking negative reactions from Nigerians".
Buhari's predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, was criticized for failing to quickly visit Chibok, the scene of another mass abduction of schoolgirls in 2014. It was not immediately clear whether Buhari's Yobe itinerary included a trip to the town.
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The 75-year-old former military ruler will also tour other hotspots from Monday onwards, including areas hit by bloody clashes between semi-nomadic herders. But the Dapchi attack and others have raised questions about the extent of repeated government claims to have virtually defeated the Islamist militants.
"We also find it unfortunate that the federal government has neglected to heed the calls for the imposition of state of emergency in Taraba, Kaduna, Zamfara and Benue states where communal clashes and banditry take citizens' lives unabated".
"The president has chose to undertake an on-the-spot assessment of the various occurrences and to meet & console the communities affected", the presidency said.
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