Fulani Herdsmen Killings: Buhai Finally Visits Benue


Following intense criticism of alleged lack of will to tackle the ongoing spate of killings by Fulani herdsmen across some parts of Nigeria and alleged refusal to visit Benue State where over 150 persons have so far been hacked or shot to death by the killer herdsmen, President Muhammadu Buhari is said to be finally set to visit Benue today.

According to reports, it will be the first time President Buhari will be visiting the state after his election into office in 2015.

Already, indigenes and residents of the state have been expressing their views and expectations on the President’s visit.

For some, the visit of the President (who is himself a Fulani) should signal the end of the killings by the herdsmen so that peace and normalcy can return to the troubled state.

Others believe that the visit should have occurred earlier than now with the argument that an earlier visit could have led to a resolution and hence the continued bloodshed of innocent Benue people could have been averted.

On the level of preparedness for the President’s visit, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom, Mr. Terver Akase, said –

“The Government of Benue State has done what it should do to make sure that his coming is hitch free, and the people would be expecting to hear from the President because we have so much tears in our eyes in the last couple of months.”