Buhari announces visit to Taraba, Benue, Yobe, Zamfara, Rivers

Why President Buhari and I didn’t visit Dapchi- Osinbajo

Muhammadu Buhari has served as President of Nigeria since 2015.

A statement by Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said the president, beginning from Monday, would visit Taraba, Benue, Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers States.

The 75-year-old former military ruler will also tour other hotspots from Monday onwards, including areas hit by bloody clashes between semi-nomadic herders. We have decimated Boko Haram, while the fight against corruption is going on well.

"We are extremely moved by the fact that while for more than 48 hours people were being killed at Nguroje, on the Mambila Plateau of Taraba state, President Buhari remained in Kano to celebrate the wedding of Governor Ganduje's daughter".

The statesman urged Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the states to allow for full military control to facilitate the defeat of insurgents.

Buhari would visit Mambilla, Taraba state where some people were killed in a communal clash last week.

A representative of the Yangdang Cultural Association, Dr Afraid Kobiba, said he had in presentation to the President, highlighted that the crisis that happened in January 2018 saw 68 people were killed, while 15 were still missing in addition to other killings that had taken place in the state in the past. The then-president, Goodluck Jonathan, was heavily criticised for his slow response to the kidnapping.

"The president has made a decision to undertake an on-the-spot assessment of the various occurrences and to meet & console the communities affected", the presidency said. That was seized upon by his detractors in the 2015 election campaign.

Buhari urged Nigerians to cooperate with security agencies in order to arrest the latest wave of crime and atrocities by Boko Haram. His political opponents have said he should have visited Dapchi instead. But attacks have continued and the mass abduction on February 19 in the northeastern state of Yobe was a major setback.

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