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Obasanjo visits Benue, describes killings as shocking, senseless

Rose Ejembi, Makurdi

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed sadness over the gruesome murder of Benue people in their homes by Fulani herdsmen, describing the development as shocking and senseless.

Obasanjo, who was received at the Makurdi Airport by Governor Samuel Ortom and members of his cabinet on Saturday morning, was led straight to the graveside of the Benue 73 who were massacred by herdsmen on new year’s day in Logo and Guma local government areas of the state located at Genabe village, along Mobile Barracks/ Welfare Quarters Road being constructed by the Governor.

While noting that a Nigerian life lost is a loss to all Nigerians, the former President said he was in the state to pay a condolence and to express his sorrow over the killings.

“It is sad beyond description and that is why I have taken it upon myself, having been to Maiduguri where we had a meeting of Zero Hunger Forum. If circumstances were normal, the Benue governor would have been with us. So, I am here to pay a condolence visit and share the sadness of Benue people with them. 

“I felt coming to the graveside and laying a wreath will express my sorrow and my sympathy and empathy with the family, the Governor, all the people of the state and indeed, all Nigerians without any exception. A Nigerian life lost is loss to all of us. 

“Hearing that aside the 73 buried here, more than 80 others have been killed in different parts of Benue is even more shocking to I believe it will be more shocking to all Nigerians who will be hearing that. There is no doubt that we haven’t got it right. We haven’t got it right because whatever is behind this, normally in any civilized society we must get to the root of it.”

“And until we get to the root of this we will be burying victims. We will be assuming what is not assumable, because we must know why is this happening and who we must put and end to it. And somebody must accept the responsibility to put an end to this. If it has to be a collective responsibility, then so be it. But there must be an end to it.”

Obasanjo, who charged the Nigerian government to seek ways of unraveling the cause of the incessant killings of Nigerians in across the country, stated that the call became necessary so that the country can be free and secure enough for investors to come in.

“We cannot talk of a free country, a secure country, a country where we will want development to take place, where we will want to invite investors from outside and from inside and we are suffering this type of senselessness.

“I do hope that there would be an end to this. Gorvernor, please accept my condolence and do not give up trying to work with men and women that have the interest of this state and the interest of Nigeria at heart to find a permanent solution.

“This to me goes beyond what is on the surface. And we need to find out what is at the bottom of it. And that is the responsibilities of leaders and of course, they must leave no stone unturned to find what the root cause of this and put a stop to it.

“We must know why it is happening and we must put an end to it, someone must take responsibility to put an end to it. We cannot talk of a free, secure country where we will want development to take place and investors to come to be suffering this type of senselessness. 

“Nothing can be worse than what we have seen here; graveside of innocent people who should not have died that have died. The living still have hope, but those who have died are gone forever. Those who lost their loved ones, what do we say to them?  Since I have taken time to come here, I will try to see anything that is worth seeing but finding solution is paramount,” Obasanjo said.

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3 Comments

  1. Katerin Fagusen 10th March 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Terrible situation happening in Nigeria where there is a seating sick president who has traveled virtually all over the world seeking for investors and telling the whole world Nigeria is a better and save place for investment. Hahahahahaaaa……. indeed this is laughable. A sick president going about collecting loan that runs into N11Trillion just under the space of 3years also, collecting illegal tax from all Nigerian account holders whether you run a savings or current/corporate account every day without atom of conscience and respect yet making noise of recovery of looted funds from public office holders but cannot give account or put up a laudable infrastructures development in road sector, oil and gas sector, housing corporation, industrial sector etc, etc rather make unwarranted request of having ranch colony in every part of Nigeria indirectly seeking way to islamize Nigeria.

    No single security planning in his government telling lies to Nigerians due to his inability to stir the economy around for betterment so tell me why there should not be call for impeachment or do we say National Assembly is compromising leaving the electorate to die voting them into power. Can some body from Executive arm, Legislative arm and Judiciary arm of government tell me the meaning of these senseless killing of Nigerians by hired Fulani Herdsmen or is there another constitution the government of Mohammadu Buhari is operating with other than the 1999 so amended constitution being used by the previous government? By the way was it mention in the constitution that government should rose up one day and impose to it’s citizenry an illegal tax collection from every body in the country when there is no economic bailout and even if there is it could be stop immediately there is announcement of getting out of economic recessation or do I say there is no responsible lawyers in this country that can challenge the government of APC who bambose themselves into the system and now rule us with military apparatus but could not use same military to stop hired Fulani Herdsmen from killing innocent Nigerians and destroying their farms and farm produce. Woe betide Mohammadu Buhari and his governance also, his political party called APC.

  2. Tony 10th March 2018 at 4:09 pm

    What do you get when all heads of akl security agencies of a country come from a particular ethnic group

  3. Ezekiel Okeke 10th March 2018 at 4:36 pm

    The ongoing Bloody Political War in Revolution War of the natives is only shocking and senseless to ignorant idiots. Ignorant idiots, cowards who want to remain slaves of fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria. A generation has come to clean the ruin of this natives territory with the Sword in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world. Nothing on earth will keep the fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates in this natives territory. Nothing on earth will keep the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria in this natives territory. Only the Sword decides. Every native of this territory life lost in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics is worthwhile price for Liberation, Freedom in this natives territory under the natives Disintegrated Republics which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world. Only the Sword decides- nothing on earth will keep the fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates in this natives territory. Nothing on earth will keep the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria in this natives territory. Any this territory native who do not stand for this territory natives in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world, must go down with the enemy in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives. Any this territory native who do not quit now the brainwashed terrorism mercenaries of fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria nickname military, police etc., must go down with the enemy in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives- such ignorant idiot will not have grave in this natives territory. Only the Sword decides. God Is With Us!!!

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