President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday for the first time since the attack by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen over 2 months ago visited Benue State.
Mr. President expressed shock that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, disobeyed his directives to relocate to Benue State until the clash between farmers and herdsmen was resolved.
“I am getting to know this in this meeting. I am quite surprised,” he said.
Buhari also noted that his government is worried about the attacks on Benue citizens and vowed to end the gruesome killings very soon.
“I cannot overlook the killings in Benue or any other part of Nigeria. I cannot do that. I am genuinely worried about the attacks in Benue and we are doing everything to end them,” he said.
Buhari had in January, few days after the attack that left over 70 persons dead ordered Mr. Idris to relocate to Benue. Apparently, the president never knew that his IGP did not obey his order, as the police boss reportedly spent less than 24 hours in Benue.
He however noted that the meeting in Benue State was not the best place to expose the inefficiency of his appointees. He further urged the people of Benue State to live in peace with their neighbours.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State in his statement noted that Miyetti Allah was responsible for the killing of his people. He urged President Buhari to arrest the leadership of the apex Fulani body.
He also appealed to Buhari to upgrade the ongoing military exercise in Benue to a wider operation to effectively end herdsmen attacks.
“If the exercise is upgraded to a wider operation, it will assist greatly in ending the incessant attacks and senseless killings by herdsmen,” he said
Mr. Ortom’s statement was however denied by Shetima Mohammed, a representative of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Benue Chapter.
“Our association is a peace-loving one and the exact opposite of what is being portrayed,” he said.