By Chesa Chesa
President Muhammadu Buhari is to visit Taraba State today for on-the-spot assessment of carnage owing to herdsmen attacks and clashes between them and farmers.
The Presidency said on Monday that Buhari would also on separate days visit Benue, Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers States where similar clashes and killings occurred. The killings in Rivers are carried out by cult groups.
Buhari has been criticised by Nigerians for attending social events in some states and ignoring places where criminalities and killings have continued to recur
In a statement issued by his spokesman on Monday in Abuja, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President appealed to residents of the affected states to cooperate with security agencies to fish out the perpetrators.
He said: “In view of recent terrorist attacks, criminal activities and communal clashes in some states leading to tragic loss of lives and kidnapping of 110 schoolgirls, President Muhammadu Buhari immediately tasked the Armed Forces and other Security agencies to compile comprehensive reports on the various incidents.
“Having received and studied the Reports, the President has decided to undertake an on the spot assessment of the various occurrences and to meet and console the communities affected.
“From today, March 5, he will visit Taraba, and subsequently Benue, Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers States. President Buhari has been receiving daily briefings, and has been in constant touch with the governors, and has been updated with situation reports.
“The President calls on all Nigerians especially those in the affected areas to cooperate fully with the security agencies to enable them curb the spate of crimes, bring those responsible to justice and prevent further occurrences,” Adesina said..