Buhari's visit: Security beefed up in Makurdi


Visiting President Muhammadu Buhari had a taste of the peoples' feelings towards him in Benue State today when he was told pointblank that the people of the state were not happy with him.

According to the Presidency, Mr Buhari's visit is to commiserate with the government and people of the state over the New Year's Day attack in the state.

The president said this during a meeting with stakeholders in the north central state. And I didn't know he moved here (Benue State) and didn't spend (time) and then move to Nasarawa.

President Buhari on March 5 commenced an official visit to Taraba, Plateau and other states of the federation affected by security crisis for an on the spot assessment of damages caused by herdsmen-farmers clashes.

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"What I did was to call him and give him (a) directive".

I have friends here in the state, there is no way I can deliberately overlook what is happening here and other parts of the country.

Our correspondent noted that security operatives from Abuja took over the activities at the state's seat of government.

Ortom expressed the hope yesterday during the handover of the Abagana Internally Displaced Persons Camp at Agan by the Presidential Committee on Flood and Rehabilitation to the state government.

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He said aside taking steps to address the security crisis in Benue, it was important for President Buhari to increase federal presence in the state.

Addressing stakeholders at the Government House in Makurdi on Monday, the President said he was just learning of the alleged non-compliance by the IGP.

"As a born again Christian and someone who believes in the fear of God, I can not and we have never encouraged the establishment of any militia group", he said.

While he commiserated with the people over the killings, he described the attacks and bloodshed as unfortunate.

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Part of the president's itinerary as released by the Benue Government included a courtesy call on the fifth Tor Tiv, Prof.