President Buhari in Benue State

President Buhari in Benue State

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.

According to the Presidency, Mr Buhari's visit is to commiserate with the government and people of the state over the New Year's Day attack in the state.

Former governor of the state and now a senator George Akume conveyed his peoples bitterness against the president at a town hall meeting the president had with the communities.

I have friends here in the state, there is no way I can deliberately overlook what is happening here and other parts of the country.

"What I did was to call him and give him (a) directive. I am genuinely anxious about the attacks in Benue and we are doing everything to end them", he said.

Camps in Gbajimba, Guma LGA headquarters.

The governor denied allegations that the Benue State government was keeping and training a militia group to fight Fulani herdsmen in the Benue.

"Your Excellency, we plead with you to take steps to reduce the sufferings of these over 170,000 countrymen in the eight internally displaced camps".

Apart from journalists, invited stakeholders were turned back at the third gate of the Government House where security, mainly operatives of the Department of State Services, checked the names of guests against a list they clutched jealously. "People would believe me, but I will be disloyal if I do that".

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

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.

President Buhari's convoy on Benue street.