Nigeria Former President Obasanjo Pays Condolence Visit To Benue mass burial for 73 people killed by Fulani

Former Nigeria president Olusegun Obasanjo visit Benue State capital after two days where 24 people were recently killed in Omosu community to condole with the government and people of the state over recent herdsmen attacks.

Obasanjo was received at the airport by the state Governor Samuel Ortom and other government dignities in the state.

Not less than 158 persons have been reported killed in the state as a result of sustained herdsmen attacks in the state since the January 11th attack that led to a mass burial and protest by youths in Makurdi, the state capital.

The former president sympathised with the government and families of the departed souls.

He said, “It is sad and beyond description. 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.

Less than 48 hours to the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari in Benue State, former President Olusegun Obasanjo made a surprise visit to condole with the government and people of the state over the New Year massacre by herdsmen.

The former president also visited the gravesite of the 73 victims of herdsmen who were given a mass burial.

Obasanjo arrived at the airport of the Nigerian Air Force, located along Gboko Road, Makurdi, at 9.45am and was driven straight to the gravesite, where he laid a wreath.

Speaking to journalists, the former president sympathised with the government and families of the departed souls.

He said, “It is sad and beyond description. 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.

“I am here to pay a condolence visit and share the sadness of Benue people with them. I felt coming to the grave site and laying a wreath would express my sorrow, sympathy and empathy with the families, governor and all the people of the state, and indeed all Nigerians without any exception.”

“We cannot talk of a free, secure country, where we will want development to take place and investors to come and suffer in this type of senselessness. I do hope that there would be an end to this.”

Obasanjo advised Governor Ortom not to give up, adding that he should work with those who had the interest of the state and Nigeria at heart, so as to find a solution to the problem.

The Former President is also expected to visit the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp located in Agan Toll Gate, where over 34, displaced residents of the state are taking refuge.

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