I Did Not Know That The IGP Flouted My Orders -Buhari

By Ikenga Chronicles March 13, 2018

I Did Not Know That The IGP Flouted My Orders -Buhari

President Muhammad Buhari has said that he was not aware that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris whom he deplored to Benue State in the wake of the killings flouted his order and did not stay in the state.

President Buhari stated this on Monday when he paid a condolence visit to the government and people of the state over the killings of many people since new year day.

Buhari met with stakeholders at the new banquet hall of government house, Makurdi and said that he did the needful by sending the IG to the state, “but did not know that he (IG) did not stay in the state.”

The president also reiterated that the people of the state should learn how to live peacefully with their neighbours, insisting that the relationship between farmers and herders would continue.

Buhari dismissed the insinuation that he abandoned the people of the state while the killings persist, saying, “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.

“Let me appeal to our people in the state to apply more restraints, the relationship between farmers and herders will continue, it behoves on us to keep encouraging ourselves to continue to live together peacefully.”

The president regretted that in spite of the situation in the country, some Nigerians were not sympathetic to his government, saying, ‘some Nigerians are still stealing.

“When we came into office, the price of crude went down and production was cut to one million barrel per day. I went to CBN there was no money, I asked why they said we bought food and fuel. I didn’t believe them then and now too.”

The president said that his administration has cut down importation of rice by 90 percent because many states of the federation are cultivating rice in large quantity.

Buhari said he had taken note of all issues raised at the meeting but said he would not make any promise until the next time he comes back to the state.

Several stakeholders attended the meeting from all walks of life, from politicians to religious leaders, opinion moulders and traditional rulers.

The state governor, Samuel Ortom during his speech had informed the president of the massive killings in the state, adding that about 91 persons had been killed after the mass burial of the 73 persons.

“Sixty-five more people have been killed after the mass burial of 73 persons, also 26 more were killed in Okpokwu with over 5000 displaced in Mbatoho community.”

“As of now, one hundred and seventy thousand persons, 170,000 people live in displaced camps across the state. 60 percent of IDPs are school children who should be in school by now.”

“Yesterday, two police officers were killed in Guma, our appeal is that the federal government should compensate the people who were displaced.”

Ortom said that contrary to reports that the state has a militia group, “Ghana is the one that is known to own a militia and has been declared wanted with a ransom of N50 million placed on him.”

“We hope the Ayem Akpatuma can be upgraded from exercise to operation because the herdsmen have taken over the villages and our food have become feeds for their cattle. If Ayem is upgraded, they will also help in tracking down Ghana.”

The governor appealed to the president to order the immediate arrest and prosecution of leaders of Miyeiti Alla Kautal Hore who threatened and still carried out their threats.

 

Source: NAN

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