By Peter Duru
President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned in stong terms the recurrent skirmishes and loss of hundreds of innocent lives in the crisis between native Tiv Communities and Fulani herdsmen in parts of Benue State.
The President urged the feuding parties and all those involved in violence in the country to lay down their arms and toe the part of peace in the interest of the nation.
Speaking yesterday at a grand reception organize for him to climax his two day -working visit to Benue State, the President reiterated the commitment of his administration to tackle all security challenges the nation is currently faced with.
He said, “the Federal Government is working day and night to overcome the security challenges. And I can assure you that in the shortest possible time, we will overcome the situation”.
”I therefore call on all those involved in violence in the country to lay down their arms so that we can form a common front against the enemies of the country which include, poverty, hunger, dilapidated infrastructures and lack of social amenities”.
President Jonathan further assured the government and people of the state of the willingness of the Federal Government to assist the Benue state government in some of the developmental challenges confronting the state.
IThe Senate President David Mark who asked for support for the Governor Gabriel Suswam led administration, said that “the Governor has shown that he can be trusted with resources” in view of the successes he has recorded as Governor of the state in the last four and half years.
In his speech, Governor Gabriel Suswam who reeled out the challenges confronting the people of Benue, urged the Federal Government to step in.
to the incessant skirmishes between native Tiv communities and Fulani herdsmen which has degenerated to a dangerous dimension with the use of sophisticated weapons.
Suswam also urged the Federal Government to disarm the feuding parties and also create grazing reserves for the herdsmen in order to avert further crisis and bloodbath arising from the distruction of farmlands of the farming populace in the state.
While lamenting the dilapidated state of Federal government roads in the state, Suswam called on the Federal Government to dualise the Akwanga-Enugu federal highway to accommodate the heavy traffic that daily ply the road that links the northern and eastern parts of the country.
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