Benue cancels mass burial as Buhari visits state on Monday

Benue cancels mass burial as Buhari visits state on Monday

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.

He said that many states in the federation were now involved in massive cultivation of rice.

He said the continued violence and insurgency required collaboration and collective urgent attention, stressing that tackling security challenges must begin from the roots to secure permanently solution.

"What I did was to call him and give him (a) directive".

Speaking for the Idoma socio-cultural group, Opiatoha k' Idoma, its Secretary-General Chief Adoka Adaji, harped on the need for the Federal Government to rebuild Agatu land which was destroyed during several invasion by suspected herders. Cattle rearing is a business, so the Fulani people have to control their cattle by obeying the state law on ranching.

While he commiserated with the people over the killings, he described the attacks and bloodshed as unfortunate.

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"Buhari should ensure that the killings do not happen again" he said. He said he is genuinely anxious about the attacks in Benue and doing everything to end them. There will be a meeting of stakeholders in the State House.

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has called on leaders to work closely together to tackle the incessant violent clashes between farmers and herdsmen across the country.

Malam Shetima Mohammed, a representative of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Benue Chapter, however, denied responsibility for the Benue attacks.

Obasanjo made the remark in response to questions from newsmen when he made a stop-over in Makurdi on his way back from Borno State to lay wreaths at the graveside of 73 slain rural indigenes of the state on New Year's day in two local government areas of Logo and Guma.

He stated further that the burial will now take place next week Thursday.

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