Buhari statement over Benue state’s killings is late

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President Muhammadu Buhari statement commiserated with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over the reported killings, injury of several persons, and wanton destruction of property in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of the state in the New Year.

While expressing immense sadness at the “wicked and callous” attacks on even innocent children, the President assured the governor and people of the state that relevant security agencies have been directed to do everything possible to arrest those behind the regrettable incidents and avert further attacks.

“This is one attack too many, and everything must be done to provide security for the people in our rural communities,” he said.

President Buhari also commiserated with families of the victims and wished the injured speedy healing.


The above words are content of a press release this afternoon by Garba Shehu; the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on media and publicity.

Reading Mr. Buhari statement what first comes to mind is how long will it take before the president responded to this massacre? Killings have been ongoing in Benue State for days without any action from the Federal Government. And we all know that the FG controls the police and military, so there is a limit to what state government can do.

Maybe the Presidency was waiting for Nigerians and political opponents to attack their silence before responding. I’m of the opinion that this administration is too reactive to Nigerians comments. Rather it needs proactive measures to meet Nigerians needs and demands.

Probably, if Governor Fayose of Ekiti State did not allege the president, he will not make the statement. But until the governor tweeted. He said: “I am deeply sad about the killings going on in Benue State. When will these killings by Fulani herdsmen stop? When is President Buhari going to act? Isn’t the silence of the President suggestive” before the presidency responded by a press release.

Climate change is mainly responsible for incessant herdsmen/farmer crises in this country. But no one is seeing it in that direction. However, government needs to be unbiased to all Nigerians by protecting all regions of the country with all its might.

God bless Nigeria.


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