Presidency bars PUNCH, others from covering Buhari's Benue visit


Unongo, who made the appeal on Monday in Makurdi, at a stakeholders meeting convened by Gov. Samuel Ortom to enable them interact with Buhari during his condolence visit to the state, said that it would be hard to implement the law without the backing of the federal government.

The Nigeria Police have arrested 145 suspects in connection with the recent farmers-herdsmen clashes in Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa states.

He, however, said that the meeting was not the best place to expose the inefficiency of his appointees, and appealed to Benue people to exercise restraint and live in peace with their neighbors. He said he is genuinely anxious about the attacks in Benue and doing everything to end them.

Also, a former governor of Benue state, George Akume, who was present at the meeting Buhari had with stakeholders in the state, said the Tiv people are angry with the President.

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose says he wonders if President Muhammadu Buhari "really knows anything" about happenings in the country.

Also the President's scheduled visit to the Internally Displaced People's camp at Gbamjiba, in the Guma Local Government Area was reportedly put off.

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He said 60 percent of the IDPs were sadly children who ordinarily should have been in school.

The governor called on Buhari to support the enforcement of the Benue Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment law and appealed to the president to assist the state with soft loan and grant to enable the state clear it backlog of salaries.

The chairman, Benue Farmers Association, Mr Terlumun Akputu, also called for compensation for victims of attacks and urged government to rehabilitate roads in the state.

He disclosed that he even shared the IGP's security report on the Benue crisis with Senators George Akume and Barnabas Gemade from the state. PREMIUM TIMES had On February 1 published exclusive details of how the IGP left the state shortly after he visited.

"As president and commander-in-chief, he has other channels, but it doesn't mean that he gets every information under the sun".