VP Osinbajo Visits Benue State

Henrietta Strickland
May 17, 2018

Avenya noted that the killing of Christians and members of the minority ethnic group particularly in Benue State had proved that the Federal Government under Buhari was not living up to these promises.

The vice president was in Benue state yesterday where he visited the Abagena IDPs camp along Makurdi Laafia road as well as RCM in Daudu of Guma local government area of the state. As a matter of fact, I am also a priest and I'm a Christian, a born again Christian.

"While assuring the displaced persons that their joy has come, the vice president quoted the Bible by saying, 'when weeping endures for a night, joy comet in the morning, let me assure you that your morning has come and your joy has come".

"You can take that to the bank".

"It is because of the evidence of things that are not seen, it is because you can make something out of nothing that I stand here today as vice president".

Earlier, the Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Emmanuel Shior, informed the Vice President that a total of 175,070 people comprising of 80,450 children were inhabiting eight designated camps across the state while an ongoing data collection was being carried out to determine the actual numbers of displaced people taking shelter in places other than the approved camps. "The second thing is to ensure that the displaced persons go back home and their homes are rebuild and the third is for the farmers to return back to their farms and also assist those who are not farmers to also be assisted to start a new lives". "A renewed mind will know that there is justice, there is effect even if there is no justice here on earth".

He continued: "Mr. President says I should ensure all these things are done". No one will deliberately kill his own people.

"This is why coming here today at the behest of the President is first, to look at the situation myself, to get a first-hand view of the situation because the President has mandated me to take this on board and deal with the issues", Osinbajo added.

He said the National Council of Food and Security would be responsible for the rebuilding of such communities.

The Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom, on his part, said that the state is experiencing relative calm.

Others who spoke at the meeting include General Lawrence Onoja (rtd), Gen. Atom Kpera, Professor Daniel Saror, Michael Kaase Aondoakaa, Terkimbi Ikyange, all calling on the Federal Government to deploy more security to the state to enable IDPs return to their homes and to rebuild the destroyed communities.They also asked the government to direct the adoption of the anti open grazing law of the state as a permanent way of curbing the farmers/ herders clashes among other submissions.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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