Killings: Buhari Visits Taraba, Calls For End To Bloodshed

Channels Television  
Updated March 5, 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari speaks during his visit to Taraba State with Governor Darius Ishaku looking on


President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday visited Taraba State, one of the hotbeds of the herdsmen-farmers crisis which has left scores dead and displaced hundreds.

The President who was in the northeastern state to commiserate with the people over the recent killings there described the attacks and bloodshed as unfortunate.

Noting that that collective effort is required for peace and security, President Buhari appealed to all Nigerians the victims of the attacks get justice through the identification and prosecution of the perpetrators.

Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku who received the President assured him that the state government and the traditional institution would be mobilised to work together to ensure that the plans of the government to protect lives and property is actualised.

Apart from Taraba, the President is also expected to visit Benue, Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers states where cases of terror attacks and clashes have been recorded.

The president had earlier instructed the armed forces and other security agencies to compile a comprehensive report on the various incidents and studied them before embarking on the trip.

After the visit, President Buhari travelled to Ghana to attend the country’s Independence Anniversary celebrations on Tuesday.

A statement by the Presidency announcing that the President would visit Benue, Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers states, however, did not indicate the dates for the visits.

Since January 1 when suspected herdsmen killed 73 persons in Benue, the herdsmen-farmers clashes have continued to generate headlines and debates.

The President has also come under criticism from the Peoples Democratic Party and several others for failing to visit states affected by the killings.

His decision to visit states affected by the herdsmen-farmers conflict comes on the heels of recent terrorist attacks, criminal activities as well as the abduction of more than 100 schoolgirls from Dapchi, Yobe State.