- Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has assured the people of Benue state that the incessant killings in the state will be a thing of the past
- Saraki made the assurance while celebrating the 2018 Children's Day at the Abegena internally displaced persons camp in Benue state
- He said he and others chose to visit Abagena IDP camp to spend some time with the children and inspect the facilities
The people of Benue state have been assured by the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, of adequate security to end killings in parts of the state.
Saraki, who gave the assurance on Sunday, May 27, also promised that the Senate would ensure justice over the killings of rural dwellers in the state by suspected herdsmen.
NAIJ.com notes that the senate president said this while celebrating the 2018 Children's Day with children at the Abegena Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Benue state.
Saraki, who was accompanied on the visit by the Senators Barnabas Gemade, George Akume, Emmanuel Bwacha and Fatimat Raji-Rasaki, was received by the Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.
He said: "I decided to mark the 2018 National Children’s Day here in Benue, with those who, due to no fault of theirs, find themselves in an Internally Displaced Camp on a day set aside for the nation to celebrate her greatest assets, the children.
"In previous years, I have spent Children’s Day in the comfort of my office with children visiting the National Assembly, and that was fine enough. This year, however, I decided to come here, not just to celebrate the day but to let the people of Benue know - especially the children who need us now more than ever - that you are not alone in this ordeal.
"This visit is also emblematic of our deep concern and sympathy for children and other IDPs in many other parts of Nigeria – in places such as Borno, Yobe and Adamawa - who have fallen victim to many conflicts that are destroying entire communities.
"We recognise that there are many other children and adults who do not even have the meagre luxury of IDP camps in many places in Kaduna and Zamfara States – fellow citizens who are daily exposed to bandits, robbers, kidnappers and rapists, as well as the elements.
"We chose to visit Abagena IDP Camp, to spend some time with the children and inspect the facilities, in continuation of the Senate’s search for solutions to multi-faceted crises that are stretching our security and law-and-order assets beyond their limits.
"Just last week, the Senate received detailed briefings from Service Chiefs and other security agencies on the nature of our current security challenges, and the ways in which we can contribute to finding solutions.
"The Senate also received the Report of the Security Summit it organised in February this year, an event that tapped into a very wide spectrum of national assets with knowledge, experience and responsibility in improving citizen, community and national security.
"What is clear is that we must fund our security agencies. We must equip and support them, if we are to bring to the barest minimum those situations that cause people to be internally displaced. The killings going on in many parts of this country must stop. They are anathema to civilised values and cannot be tolerated."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Dr Bukola Saraki, the president of the Senate, expressed sadness over the killings which were reportedly carried out by suspected herdsmen in some communities in Benue state on New Year Day.
Saraki made his comments in tweets released via his personal Twitter handle, @bukolasaraki, on Thursday, January 4.
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