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5 Mar 2018

Why Buhari Has Not Visited Dapchi, Benue, Zamfara, Yobe - Osinbajo Explains

Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo has absolved President Muhammadu Buhari of blaming from Nigerians who condemned the president of ignoring to visit states who were recently attacked.
Yemi Osinbajo and President Buhari

While speaking to journalists and social media practitioners on Friday, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo revealed why President Muhammadu Buhari has not visited states that have witnessed killings in recent months.

Osinbajo said he represented the president in some of the states, stating that condolence visits cannot compensate for loss of live​s.

When asked of the abduction of 110 Dapchi girls in Yobe, the herdsmen killings in states like Benue and Zamfara, and why the President or himself refised to visit the places, osinbajo said:

"Let me say it first that no amount of condolence can compensate for the loss of life, whether in Calabar, Mambilla or Benue or where people were killed in Adamawa or Zamfara, any of these states. There is no amount of condolence that can compensate for the loss of life.

"Benue killing is one set of killing far too much; there is no amount of condolence that can compensate for that. And I want to say that it’s a massive tragedy. But the question that you seem to ask I’ve been to Zamfara, I’ve been to Adamawa when this killing took place.

"There are those who said, ‘oh, why don’t you visit the Fulani settlement, why do visit only where Christians were?’ I even visited Benue in September where there have been killing before; then I’ve visited them when the flooding took place and we looked at all the issues and tried to address many of these. There have been several of these issues in different places, recently Dapchi. We have expressed condolences, but no amount of condolence would do.

"The more important thing, and our focus has been, is first of all ensuring security in these places. We have to address the security question in a much more robust way; that the police are able to do these effectively. We have deployed the military to Kaduna, two battalions to Kaduna. In Benue and Taraba axis, we have the 93 battalion, we have 72 Special Forces.

"We have full concentration in Taraba and all of that, and by the way, the military is fighting in most of the North East. So there is a situation where the military is overstretched. So I think the most important thing is first of all to ensure they actually address the security of the people."

When told that Nigerians definitely appreciate all he is doing. But they want to see their leaders come to them to grieve with them in the face of national human tragedy, Osinbajo said:

"Let me say that I definitely agree with you, the more places that we can go to the better. But I made a point earlier that we also have to address the serious concern that people have. We have to address those concerns; we have to address the rehabilitation concern. I am going round and the President is also going round, there is no question at all and I agree that if we go to all these places it would be so much better."

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