President Muhammadu Buhari is now meeting with leaders of thought from Benue State led by the state Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, in the council chamber of the Presidential Villa.
They are at the State House to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on the recent killings in the State. "What we have witnessed instead, is the audacity of these elements, to claim responsibility for their crimes and even make media appearances to justify their actions, against armless people, who are being maimed endlessly by these gang of Herdsmen." the statement read.
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria also levelled the same allegation against the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku.
When contacted on the development, Mr. Buhari's spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said although he was aware of the expected parley with Benue leaders, he had not been briefed about the issues being brought to the table for discussions.
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The Presidency source pointed out that the urgent meeting was inevitable because of the frequency and scale of such violence and the reactions that have trailed the incidents.
According to him, Lalong, "in an attempt to impress his boss and host, exhibited un-statesmanly characteristics and described the mindless killing of innocent people in their homes as "clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers" rather than condemning the killers".
"It should not surprise anyone if the Presidency seeks an explanation about this from the governor with a view to getting to the root of the state's security challenges".