President Buhari anxious by attacks in Benue

Deserted Benue streets

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.

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.

Ortom disclosed the president's planned visit during the state working committee of All Progressive Congress, APC on Thursday.

Buhari said this at the Government House Makurdi yesterday during a town-hall meeting with leaders of various groups in the state.

I did not know that IG did not stay in the state.

President Buhari on March 5 commenced an official visit to Taraba, Plateau and other states of the federation affected by security crisis for an on the spot assessment of damages caused by herdsmen-farmers clashes.

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

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He denied insinuations that he overlooked the killings that happened in Benue, saying he is genuinely anxious over them.

Our correspondent noted that security operatives from Abuja took over the activities at the state's seat of government.

The governor called on Buhari to support the enforcement of the Benue Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment law and appealed to the president to assist the state with soft loan and grant to enable the state clear it backlog of salaries.

"As a born again Christian and someone who believes in the fear of God, I can not and we have never encouraged the establishment of any militia group", he said.

It was gathered that the itinerary of the President was adjusted as his visit to the state Chairman of the state traditional council, Tor Tiv, Prof.

Ortom who described the president as a man of integrity who always stand for justice reiterated his call for arrest of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore who have persistently threatened the Benue people and successfully executed their plans without any arrest.