President Buhari during his visit to Benue state said that the actions of the Inspector General of Police as regards the orders given to him to stay in Benue were surprising.
Recall that following the incessant killings in Benue state, Presiden Buhari had asked for Idris to move to Benue state to quell the unrests.
Buhari while meeting with stakeholders was then told that while Idris did come, he did not spend up to 24 hours in the state before leaving again.
To which Buhari expressed shock at this news. He said; “But I did not know that the IG did not stay in the state. I am getting to know this at this meeting. I am quite surprised,”
Buhari also took the time to address fears that he had abandoned Benue state and didn’t care what happened to them. He said;
“I have friends here; there is no way I can deliberately overlook what is happening here and other parts of the country.
“Let me appeal to our people to apply more restraints. The relationship between farmers and herders will continue; it behoves us to keep encouraging ourselves to live together peacefully.”
Buhari’s visit wasn’t all smooth sailing as many groups came out in protest of the crisis that has hit the state since the turn of the year.