- Joseph Orkar says he is optimistic that President Muhammadu Buhari will put a final end to killings in Benue state
- Orkar, a chieftain of the APC, argued that the slow response of Buhari does not show incompetence
- He also commended the federal government for its revolution in the area of agriculture
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue state, Joseph Orkar, believes that the renewed attacks on some communities in Benue by herdsmen will end soon because President Muhammadu Buhari will provide an enduring solution to the crises.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Orkar, the immediate past deputy chairman of the party in the state, spoke on Friday, April 12, in Makurdi, saying the crises would not continue to linger on as solutions will soon be found.
“The president has promised to provide a solution to it and we just have to wait for that solution,” he advised while adding that the attacks on rural communities were condemnable.
He, however, assured that “very soon they will become a thing of the past.”
Orkar argued that the president’s delay in combating the herders attacks was not tantamount to unwillingness to deal with the situation but an act of deliberate planning.
“As a Tiv man in Benue, where the attacks are worse hit, it is painful but I assure you, the president will find a solution to it, it will not continue like this; we can’t say the killings have erased his achievements in other areas.
“Remember where we are coming from, you need to know the quantum of rot and decay that was in the system before Mr President took over, it’s not easy dealing with the issues but the man is doing his best,” he argued.
He also said the APC would adhere strictly to the its guidelines on the conduct of congresses and shun impunity to ensure the election of credible state officers to handle party affairs.
Orkar added that Governor Samuel Ortom was still the best candidate for the APC in the state and lambasted those criticizing him as been unfair to him. To him, if by 2019, there is another aspirant with better credentials than Ortom, he will support such person.
The APC chieftain also commended the agricultural programs of the federal government saying, they impacted positively on the food value chain. He pointed out that more farmers were engaged in local production of crops which has brought down massive importation of food into the country.
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“Local rice production has increased thereby leading to massive decline in rice importation during this administration," he explained.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Benue police command arrested 28 persons allegedly involved in the killing of 10 herdsmen in the state.
The herders were among the passengers attacked by hoodlums on Saturday, April 7, near Yelwata village, along Lafia-Makurdi highway in Guma local government area of the state.
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