The former President, Olusegun Obasanjo at the grave site of the 73 people killed in Benue State on January 1, by Fulani herdsmen, said that the incessant killings of innocent people has shown that Nigeria is yet to get it right.
His visit which did not last more than one and half hours as his flight tourched down at the Makurdi airport around 9.30 am and he was immediately driven to the grave site where he laid a wreath and returned to the airport and the flight left around 10.59am came last Saturday, some hours before the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state which is expected today.
Speaking at the grave site, the former President (Obasanjo) said “There is no doubts that we haven’t got it right because whatever is behind this is not good at all.”
He however described the killings in the state as sad and beyond description even as he consoled the government and people of the state over the loss of the innocent souls.
Obasanjo said that his coming to the grave site and laying wreath was to express his sorrow, sympathy and empathy with the government and families of the departed souls. “I’m here to pay condolence visit and share in the sadness of Benue people. I felt coming to the gravesite and laying a wreath will express my sorrow and my sympathy and empathy with the families, governor and all the people of the state and indeed all Nigerians without any exception.”
On his feelings about more killings in the state after the mass burial the former president said that the continuous killings is shocking to him and to any good minded Nigerians. “Hearing that aside the 73 buried here, more than 80 others have been killed is even more shocking to me and to all Nigerians.” He said that nothing could be worse than what he have seen at the gravesite about innocent people who should not have died that have died.
He therefore called on government to find out reasons for the senseless killings so that lasting solution could be proffered.
“We must get to the root of this, until then we will be assuming what is not assumable, we must know why it is happening and why we must put an end to it, someone must take responsibility to put an end to it.” “We cannot talk of a free, secure country where we will want development to take place and investors to come to be suffering in this type of senselessness. I do hope that there would be an end to this,” he said.
He charged the state governor, Samuel Ortom not to give up and advised him to work with the people of like minds in the state and have the interest of the state and Nigeria at heart so as to find solution to the problem.
He explained that he left Maiduguri to the state after discovering that Governor Ortom who could have attended the meeting of stakeholders on Zero Hunger was conspicuously absent after he had held the maiden meeting.