Christian Association Demands Release Of Lone Dapchi Girl In Boko Haram Captivity

The Ondo State chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Leah Sharibu, the only student still being held captive out of the 110 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in Dapchi town on February 19.

Christian Association Demands Release Of Lone Dapchi Girl In Boko Haram Captivity

The girl, the only Christian among the abductees was reportedly still being held captive by Boko Haram because of her refusal to renounce her faith.

But Ayo Oladapo, Ondo CAN Chairman said in a statement issued in Akure and obtained SaharaReporters on Thursday that the decision of the Boko Haram group to hold on to Sharibu after the release of the other kidnapped Dapchi girls showed that their battle is against the Christians in Nigeria.


He said he was disappointed that the federal government and members of the Civil Society Organizations decided to be silent while Miss Sharibu was still being held captive.

“The news of the release of the Dapchi girls is a good development. We rejoice with the parents of the returned girls, Yobe State and federal government as well as all Nigerians.

“However, it is painful to note that Liya Sharibu the only girl that still remains with the Boko Haram is said to be the only lady that refused to renounce her Christian faith.

“With this development, It is clear that the battle is against Christianity. Information has it that the Boko Haram people came into Dapchi town majestically to return the girls.

“They claim that they were not aware that the girls were Muslims, hence, they need to return them because they are Muslims. When did it become a crime for a person to become a Christian in Nigeria?

“According to the girls, they were released because they were Muslims. Is it a crime to become a Christian in Nigeria? President Buhari should tell the whole world.

“We, therefore, demand that the President Muhammad Buhari and all his security outfits should without delay facilitate the immediate release of Layi Sharibu”.

He said it was becoming very clear that President Buhari’s administration is now out to crush Christianity to nothing in Nigeria.

“No wonder, President, Buhari is not doing as much as expected of to put a stop to the killings of people in the Christian community by the herdsmen.

“Pastor Prof. Yemi Osibanjo should not keep quiet as a Christian at this time, we encourage all churches to please mobilize prayer for the release of Liya Sharibu to rejoin with the parents unharmed” the further statement read.

Oladapo also called on the International community to assist in the release of the only Christian girl being seized by the terror group.

Breaking: Boko Haram Returns Kidnapped School Girls In Dapchi, Five Dead

Nigerian Islamist militant group, Boko Haram today returned 105 girls kidnapped from a high school compound in Dapchi a few weeks ago.

There was confusion in the area as members of the community scampered into the bush as the terror group appeared in the area, first dropping off one the girls in a nearby village and then driving into the center of Dapchi town to drop off the rest of the girls.

Five of the girls are dead according to our source. It is not clear if the Nigerian government paid any ransom to get the girls released.

However, Nigerians are asking and questioning the government, Nigeria Police and the Military why the terror group could come in and drop off 105 Dapchi school children without being apprehended by any of the military base. This and many more Nigerians are asking.

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All you Need To Know About The Persistent Farmers/Herders Crisis In Benue State

The nomadic herdsmen have been in conflict with local farmers, especially in the Middle Belt, over the access and control of lands on which their cattle graze.

After the brutal execution of over a hundred people in attacks allegedly orchestrated by herdsmen in Benue and Taraba, the nation’s security frailty has been thrust under the spotlight once again.

On November 1, 2017, the Benue State government implemented the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law that outlawed open grazing in the state.

While speaking on the implementation, Ortom’s Special Adviser on Security, Colonel Edwin Jando (rtd), said the government would not build ranches for herdsmen, and advised interested livestock owners to acquire land through the due processes and build their own ranches.

Colonel Jando also revealed that part of the implementation of the law, to be enforced by special livestock guards, includes building pivot ranches that would be used as a holding facility for impounded cattle.

He explained that impounded cattle would be kept in confinement for seven days before being auctioned off or the owner pays a fine.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, also urged stakeholders to abide by the guidelines for the implementation of the law in the interest of cattle owners and farmers.

While Ortom noted that the law was not targeted at any individual or ethnic group, that’s not how it has been perceived.

Miyetti Allah groups

Since this year’s killings gathered attention, Benue state Governor, Ortom has used every medium within his reach to lay the blame at the feet of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a Fulani socio-cultural group.

The group has been vocal in its resistance to the state’s law before and after implementation so much that the governor had been writing letters of warning to the Federal Government and security agencies before 2018’s massacres.

Just a day after the implementation of the law in 2017, Kautal Hore zonal leader in charge of northcentral states, Gidado Bebeji, had criticised the method of implementation.
He expressed concern that the herdsmen’s human rights to free movement was being violated as a result of the restriction placed on the conduct of their business, and raised an alarm that they were already fleeing the state as a result.

“The state government has been speaking English with nobody caring to properly inform the pastoralists. They (herders) may be leaving the state as being reported because they would not want to be lawless especially against a law they do not understand very well,” he said.

Two days prior to the implementation, the National President of the association, Bello Bodejo, was compelled to dismiss Ortom’s warning over an alleged plan by Kautal Hore to launch attacks on local communities in the state.

Since the January 2018 attacks happened, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has distanced itself from the killings, claiming its members are peace-loving people.

However, another group that didn’t deny possible responsibility for the attacks is the country’s premier pastoralist body, Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).

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In the wake of the killings, the association attributed the attacks carried out by “misguided and criminally motivated elements”, as the consequence of unfavourable laws by some state governments that targeted their way of living.

MACBAN’s press statement read, “Our case is worsened by long years of exclusion suffered by the Fulani herdsmen as the most neglected community in the country, thereby depriving us of so many things.
“The current situation in our opinion is fuelled by the draconian laws put in place by some state governments with the singular aim of chasing our people out of the states simply for ethnic hatred.

“The anti-open-grazing law in Benue, Taraba and other states is nothing more than a symbol of intolerance and do not in any way intend to solve the farmers/grazers conflict as the livestock breeders interest is neither captured in the law nor in its implementation mechanism.”

The group explained that the attacks are likely reprisals for the loss of over 1000 Fulani people and over 2 million cattle in attacks carried out by state-sponsored militias.

The group further urged the Federal Government to “create a Federal Ministry of Livestock Development to attend to the multidimensional needs of the industry as is obtained in many countries and the enactment of a national law to carter for the peculiar needs of pastoralists”.

Despite their slightly different reaction to the recent killings, MACBAN and Kautal Hore agree on one thing: anti-open grazing laws need to go.

Photos From The Mass Burial of Victims of Herdsmen Attack in Okpokwu, Benue State

These are pathetic and heartbreaking photos from the mass burial of herdsmen attack on the people of Okpokwu currently on.

The barbaric act took the lives of yet another 26 persons in Omusu Edumoga in Okpokwu Local Government area of Benue state.

The funeral has the executive governor of the state in attendance amongst other state officials.

See pictures below.

Traders Killed In Fresh Herdsmen Attack In Benue State

Suspected herdsmen, late last night ambushed traders in Guma LGA of Benue State, killing many of them, including market women and children.

Accordiing to report, the victims were returning from the popular Yelewata Market when the attackers laid ambush on them, hacking some of them to death and inflicting injuries on several others.

Earlier, the suspected herdsmen had attacked Tse Igbe at Nyiev Council Ward in Guma Benue State, killing one Christopher Unenge, a Catholic catechist and another villager identified as Ayem Mbakuughur and many others.

I Can’t Stand Slaughter Of 76 People Killed By Herdsmen As In Benue – Gov. Umahi

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state yesterday barred Fulani herdsmen from entering Enyanwu Igwe village, Igbeagu community in Izzi local government area of the state where the last incident of Herdsmen/farmers clash took place pending the conclusion of investigation into the incident by the state government.

I Can’t Stand Slaughter Of 76 People Killed By Herdsmen As In Benue – Gov. Umahi

The Governor stated this during an enlarged security meeting at the government House, Abakaliki Both the Governor and the National Chairman of Myetti Allah, Alhaji Bello Bodejo warned that the incessant killings by herdsmen might spark-off national war if not properly addressed even as they called for caution in handling the herdsmen menace in the state.

The last incident left four persons dead with two still in critical conditions. Leaders of cattle herders in south east and south south states, stakeholders of the troubled community as well as all the security chiefs in the state were in attendance during the enlarged security meeting.

Addressing the gathering, Umahi who described the killings in Enyanwu Igwe village as unprovoked killings, ordered herdsmen around the area to leave the place until he calm the embittered villagers down to avoid reprisal attack. ”It is unprovoked killings, life is so sacred.

You can’t kill people as if they are fowls. Izzi people are warriors, I physically held them not to go for retaliation. The herdsmen there in Izzi have to leave the place for now until I can calm everybody down. The way we are going, it can provoke national war and it will not help anybody. If there is reprisal attack, I will hold all the leaders squarely responsible, I will charge all of you for any reprisal attack. ”The lives of every Ebonyian is very dear to me.

God forbid, I can’t withstand where 76 people were killed like in Benue, I can’t withstand it. Some people may be fighting to die but we fight to live, lets use wisdom and handle the matter. “This is a National problem; we don’t want our people to continue killed. We must use wisdom to handle this problem. It is very easy to say I want all the herdsmen to leave Ebonyi but there are lots of implication”, he said.

He regretted that agreement reached between the state and herdsmen in the area for peaceful co-existence have been destroyed. “We banned under aged herders, we banned night grazing in the state. We have no grazing routes in Ebonyi which means that nobody has the right to carry cattle by route to Ebonyi state and we agreed on that.

We also agreed with the Herdsmen that the first offender must be prosecuted. We also said that no farmer should go to farm with gun and no herdsmen should rear cattle with gun or matchete, it is stick. We must abide by these rules”. While addressing Umahi, National Chairman of Myetti Allah, Bello Bodejo corroborated with the Governor that incident killings in the country can cause chaos in the country.

He said the state has been very accommodative to the herdsmen, warning that it should not be abused. “Ebonyi state is very peaceful and it is accommodating to our members. It has been so accommodating to our members even more than some Northern states of the federation and we condemn these killings in this state .

There are minors and migrants who are causing these lots of problems. There are also criminals moving as cattle herders who are causing these havocs. The Chairman of Myetti Allah of various states in the south east and south are all here and we are not happy with what happened, we condemn these killings in totality.

“Nigeria is confronted with so many security challenges and one of them is the unfortunate farmer/herder conflict. If this conflict is not resolved, it has the potential of throwing this country into unnecessary chaos”, he said. Meanwhile, the National Chairman and the leaders of the herders across south east and south south will meet with the herdsmen in the state for two days over the crisis.

Court Sentenced 5 Herdsmen To 27 Month In Prison In Benue State

A Makurdi Magistrate’s Court yesterday convicted five herdsmen on charges of criminal conspiracy and open grazing.

Those convicted were Yusufu Buhari, 22; Hamidu Mama, 11; Saleh Muhammadu, 22; Ali Ibrahim, 12, and Idi Bature, 11.

The Magistrate, Mr. Emmanuel Azembe, found the convicts guilty after they confessed committing the offence.


Azembe had ordered that the ingredients of the offence under Section 97 of the Penal Code and Section 19(2) of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017, be read and explained to each of the accused persons before their conviction.
The accused persons pleaded guilty and were consequently convicted and sentenced by the court.

Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Ato Godwin, told the court that the accused persons were arrested by a Joint Task Force led by ASC Terna Raphael of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Makurdi, on March 7.

He said the taskforce received a phone call from the District Head of Kwenev, Guma Local Government Area of the state that herdsmen were openly grazing their livestock on peoples’ cassava farms.

“The accused persons were then arrested by the Joint Task Force,” he said.
Godwin said the offence contravened Section 157 of the Criminal Penal Code.

Counsel to the convicts, Mr. Tijani Ahmed, pleaded with the court to consider the ages of the accused persons and to tamper justice with mercy, saying; “They don’t know the implication of their action.”

The magistrate sentenced each of the accused to three months in prison, considering their ages and being first time offenders coupled with the plea of their counsel.

He, however, gave them an option to each pay N3, 000 as fine for criminal conspiracy.

“For the offence of Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017, they are sentenced to 24 months in federal medium prison or each to pay a fine of N30, 000.
“The sentences are to run concurrently,” Azembe ruled.

Arewa Youths Rise in Defense Of IGP Ibrahim Idris As He is Summoned By Buhari

Youths from the northern part of the country under the auspices of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, yesterday gave reasons why the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, did not spend more than 24 hours in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, when he was ordered to relocate to the state.

Arewa Youths Rise in Defense Of IGP Ibrahim Idris As He is summoned By The Buhari

The group, in a statement signed by its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima and made available to newsmen in Kaduna, said the IGP might have left the state because of the hostility shown to him and President Muhammadu Buhari during the stakeholders’ forum hosted by Governor Samuel Ortom and the Benue people.

The statement also added that even though the police boss was not in Makurdi, he spent more days at Goma, Logo and Rijiin, all of which were in the same Benue State.
The group therefore charged the president to resist temptation of sanctioning or sacking the police boss, adding that many people were envious of his achievements in the short time he had been in office.

The statement reads in part; “It has come to our notice that certain vested interests in the country are after the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for selfish reasons.
“We wonder why those trying to set President Buhari against the IGP pretend that there is a difference between Makurdi and Benue. “

Benue State Students in Tertiary Insitutions Pass a Vote Of No Confidence On Governor Ortom’s Administration, Call For The End Of ASUTIBS Strike

By Abena Atesko Tanimu -The Benue State students under the umbrella of Benue State Tertiary Institutions Students Forum on 9th March 2018 passed a vote of no confidence on Gov. Ortom led administration for poorly handling the educational sector in the state.

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The forum in a statement signed and released by its president and general secretary, Comr. Orseer Mnzughulga and Clement Inalegwu respectively frowned at the incessant strike in the state by the Academic Staff Unions Of Tertiary Institutions in Benue State ASUTIBS following the prolonged inability of the government to take the welfare of lecturers seriously by implementing the 2016 agreement reached with the Union and other matters, the situation they said, it has been keeping the Benue Children at home on several occasions since the administration’s inception.

Comr. Mnzughulga Maintained that the state government’s negligence in the proper handling of state-owned higher institutions has become worrisome, noting that despite the hike in tuition fees of over N20,000 after a defaulted pledge of free education during electioneering, the government is still finding it difficult to pay her lecturers. It equally expressed her dissatisfaction with the state commissioner of Education, Science and technology, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar for his inability to find a lasting solution to the day – in-day out strike saying, the ongoing indefinite strike by ASUTIBS wouldn’t have taken a serious dimension.

The President was quoted as saying, “Since His Excellency Gov Samuel Ortom was enthroned, the “Benue Child” hardly receives the full measure of the four corners of education for a year without strike interruption. We are suffering because of the state government’s insensitivity. Tertiary Institutions are in a moribund state now. We are pained by the insensitivity of the state government in addressing the incessant strike by ASUTIBS. The present indefinite strike which started late February this year wouldn’t have taken place if timely and proactive measures were taken because the aggrieved Union released a notice of strike resumption almost a week before it was finally activated. The government could not call her for a roundtable, there was no communication from the government, a clear and transparent display of insensitivity and total negligence of duty as well as the abandonment of Tertiary education.”

He also added saying “I sense Benue State government consciously is breeding half-baked graduates who will in no doubt find it unfavourable to compete with students in other states and the world at large.

We call on the state government to fulfil its obligatory role by paying the ASUTIBS her entitlement for the state children to learn under a peaceful atmosphere without strike interruption”.

It would be recalled that governor Ortom in 2016 in an agreement with ASUTIBS pledged to take the welfare of the Union his top priority, by settling her 3 years of medical allowances and others. The situation which has taken another angle with now over 6 months of unpaid salary, the latest in January 2018 with the payment that was characterised with half and quarter payment of salaries. Five Tertiary Institutions In Benue State are currently on strike without a positive reaction from the government.

President Buhari’s Speech During His Presidential Visit To Benue Today

We are doing everything possible to end the recurring attacks by armed herdsmen in various parts of Nigeria.

I also appealed to them to please give the security agencies a chance to deal with the situation decisively.

I will not be President forever, Governor Ortom will not be Governor forever. Long after our service, farmers and herdsmen in Benue and elsewhere in Nigeria will still exist and will live and work side-by-side. It is our hope that this co-existence will always be a peaceful one.

There are more than 250 ethnic groups in Nigeria, with different cultures and beliefs. God has put us together for a reason, and we can live peacefully together. On our part as Government I assure that we will diligently fulfill our duty of security and law enforcement.

Fulani Herdsmen Kill Two Policemen After Foiled Attack on Church

Suspected herdsmen attacked Tse Orogbo in Nyiev Council Ward, Guma LGA of Benue State, killing two police officers on Sunday.

It was gathered that the attackers engaged policemen in a gun duel near one L.G.A primary School before killing two of the officers.

A resident told this reporter that the herdsmen had attempted to disrupt a church service before the mobile policemen foiled their attack.

The incident came 24 hours to the official visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state.

The police command in Benue could not be reached at the time of this report for comment.

Canadian War Vessels Make Historic Visit To Nigeria

Two war vessels on the fleet of 108 years old Royal Canadian Navy on Monday began landmark two-week visit to Nigeria.

The two vessels, HMCS Summerside and HMCS Kingston were received by Flag Officer, Commanding Western Naval Command, FOC, Rear Admiral Sylvanus Abbah in Lagos who said Nigeria hopes to benefit from the age-old experience of the Canadian Navy.

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Outcome Of President Buhari’s Visit To Benue State Today

We bring to you the outcome of President Buhari’s Visit To Benue today after the stakeholders meeting held at the government house.

On behalf of the Government and good people of Benue State, I welcome the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari to Benue State, the Food Basket of the Nation. As a helpless child in trouble looks forward to the rescue by a father, so the people of Benue looked forward to seeing you. Welcome sir. Benue people have always believed in you which is why we voted massively for you in the 2015 General Elections.

2. You are our father and we appreciate your visit here in the hope that our lingering challenges will be over. You are known as a man of integrity and uprightness and you have always fought for justice.

3. Your Excellency, on January 11, 2018, we buried 73 citizens, including women and children. All of them were brutally slaughtered in their sleep by armed herdsmen in the early hours of the New Year 2018. At least 65 more have been killed in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas after the mass burial. Just a few days ago, 26 of our men, women and children in Okpokwu Local Government Area were killed. Also over 5,000 people were displaced in Mbatoho Community in Makurdi Local Government Area. Attacks by armed herdsmen have continued in various communities in the State leading to the displacement of over 170,000 people. More than 60 percent of this figure are children who have been forced out of school. These and many others now live in the eight Internally Displaced People’s Camps scattered across the State namely: Abagana, Daudu1 and 2, Gbajimba, Tse Ginde, Anyiin, Abeda and Ugba. Their homes and farms have also been destroyed and taken over by armed herdsmen.

4. Mr. President, thank you for your response to these attacks. You quickly directed the Inspector General of Police to relocate to Benue and stop the killings. Issues of capacity and integrity may have accounted for the disobedience of your orders but you responded swiftly. At your directives, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) also distributed some Relief Materials to the IDP Camps. Given the enormity of the situation, this was like a drop in the ocean. Thank you for the deployment of the Police Special Forces which proved useful in reducing the attacks. Some of the gallant Police and Civil Defence Officers paid the supreme price in trying to keep the peace. Our sympathies go to their families and loved ones.

5. Your Excellency, we plead with you to take steps to reduce the suffering of the over 170,000 of our countrymen in the Eight Internally Displaced Camps. The Federal Government should compensate them and assist in the rebuilding of their homes as promised by the Committee on Displaced People headed by the Vice President. The Primary and Secondary Schools, Churches and Health Centres destroyed in several communities should be rebuilt for use again.

6. When I was sworn in May, 2015, one of the first things our Administration did was to organize an Amnesty Programme for youths who had armed themselves and were creating some security challenges in the State. The Amnesty was done in the open and over 700 weapons and thousands of ammunitions were returned. The Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons and the United Nations contracted the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) of South Africa to supervise the destruction of weapons and ammunitions surrendered by the over 900 persons under the Programme. The Amnesty Programme was our own way of telling everyone that we cannot condone lawlessness in the State. We set out to reform our youths and stabilize our rural areas as we promote agriculture. Our conviction is that the formation of militia does not bring peace. It only promotes lawlessness, impunity and instability. We have also eliminated thuggery in our Government. The challenge we have however, is about Terwase Akwaza, alias Ghana, the notorious gang leader who has been terrorizing Benue and Taraba States. He has been declared wanted and a bounty of N50 million has been placed for information on him. We hope that Exercise Ayem Akpatuma or its upgraded version will help us arrest and bring him to justice. Indeed we request that the exercise be upgraded to an operation with the capacity to chase away the invaders so that those who have been displaced can return to their homes.

7. Although concerted attacks on communities in the State commenced in 2011, between 2013-2017, Forty-Seven attacks were recorded and over 1,878 men, women and children were slaughtered in cold blood across 14 Local Government Areas of the State. Another 750 were seriously wounded while 200 were missing. Over 99,427 households were affected. We have lost an average of 47% of Internally Generated Revenues due to attacks by armed herdsmen in the State. This underscores the problem between herdsmen and farmers. It was clear to us that increased population, shrinking arable land, global warming and desertification as well as the need to diversify the economy through farming, all make open grazing unattractive.

8. Through consultations and research, we discovered that the global best practice for animal husbandry is Ranching. Top countries in the global cattle business such as India, Brazil, USA, South Africa; Kenya and Zimbabwe, are known to practice ranching. It takes proper care of Livestock to ensure quality meat and dairy products and minimizes cattle rustling. Your Excellency, this is the logic behind our popular Law, “Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, 2017”. I urge anyone who has a superior method other than Ranching to bring it to the table. The Law duly passed by the Benue State House of Assembly reflects the wishes of the Benue people.

9. On 30th May, 2017, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore in a ‘World Press Conference’ held in Abuja, opposed the Ranching Law. They called on Fulani herders in all of West Africa to come into Benue to help them reclaim their land. In the same vein, Miyetti Allah Cattle Herders Association in their Press Conference declared that more blood will flow in Benue if the Ranching Law is not rescinded. Your Excellency, as a President that supports the Rule of Law, you will most certainly be offended by these Hate Speeches that may have crossed the red line. Your Excellency, how can a group claim responsibility for the killings that happened and are going about scot free? How can a group make public these inciting and criminal declarations in an organized society and are not arrested by the Police? Your Excellency, kindly order the immediate arrest and prosecution of the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and Miyetti Cattle Breeders Association for carrying out their threats to attack Benue on account of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, 2017.

10. Recent Security Reports before Your Excellency, indicate that the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) are accomplices in the massacres in Benue State. If these Reports on Benue and other parts of the country are true, they have enormous implications for national security. There may be a need to strengthen the enforcement of the ECOWAS Protocol by directing the Nigeria Immigration Service to do the needful.

11. Your Excellency, distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, this is not good time to tell you about our spectacular achievements in the area of education where over 711 Schools have been renovated and 16,000 Teachers retrained. We need not recount strides in the Health Sector where the moribund Schools of Nursing and Midwifery as well as College of Health Technology Agasha earlier closed down have been renovated, accredited and reopened. After 12 years instead of the normal 6 years in Medical School, we graduated 152 students of the Benue State University Medical School. We wish to appreciate the partnership between Federal Government and our State in the area of Sustainable Development Goals as well as Universal Basic Education. We have empowered youth and women through effective collaboration with Central Bank of Nigeria and Bank of Industry. We have massive rural development in terms of rural roads, rural electrifications, bridges and Skills Acquisition Centers. We have also completed various projects in the areas of Water and Sanitation.

12. Your Excellency, to reduce the burden of the State Government, we ask you to take over the running of some institutions in Benue State. We plead that the Federal Government takes over Benue State University Teaching Hospital. Benue State is the only State that does not have a Federal College of Education and Federal Polytechnic. We request the take-over of the College of Education, Katsina-Ala and Benue State Polytechnic Ugbokolo by the Federal Government.

13. We also plead with you to direct the rehabilitation and dualization of Makurdi – Otukpo – Enugu Road; Makurdi – Gboko – Katsina-Ala Road and Gboko – Vandeikya – Obudu Road that are each in a terrible state of disrepair. The Makurdi – Agasha – Wukari Road will ease our communication with Taraba and Plateau States and a Bridge at Buruku on River Katsina-Ala will link other parts of the State and Taraba. These have large population of the State that is engaged in farming that has turned Benue into the Food Basket of the Nation.

14. The people of Benue identify with the reconciliation efforts by Senator Ahmed Tinubu who is carrying out your mandate. The Benue people also appreciates Mr. President for the appointments made from the State, we still hope that more appointments will be made so as to cement the relationship between Mr. President, the Party and the State.

15. The issue of backlog of Salaries remains intractable. Part of the problem of Salaries was inherited from the past Government. In spite of your efforts with Bailout Funds and Paris ClubRefunds which we appreciate, the challenge still remains due to the high wage bill in the average of N7.8billion which we inherited. We request for a grant or soft loan to be able to pay the arrears even as we have taken steps to stabilize regular salary payment with effect from January this year.

16. Your Excellency let me conclude by calling on the Federal Government and States, to support and promote the Ranching Law, so that together, we will stamp out the menace of herdsmen and farmers attacks and cattle rustling in Nigeria. There is no known better and credible alternative to Ranching.

17. Once again, welcome to Benue State.
Long Live President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Long Live Benue State!
Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo Set to Visit Benue Today

Fmr President Olusegun Obasanjo is set to visit Benue State today , 10 March 2018.

According to Government House sources, while in Benue, Obasanjo will hold a meeting with Benue stakeholders at the Benue Peoples House, Agenda for discussion will the roadmap to peace in Benue. How to stop the killings as well as Zero Hunger project.

He just visited Borno state where he met with the government and stakeholders to discuss Boko Haram and Zero Hunger project.

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