Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari headed to Taraba on Monday as he kicked off his visits to the troubled spots in the country.
The state, Benue, Rivers, Zamfara, and of recent Yobe state where Boko Haram abducted over 100 schoolgirls have been in the spotlight in recent times due to the spate of violence in the areas.
During his visit to Jalingo, Taraba state capital, Mr Buhari noted that the number of persons killed in herdsmen and farmers clashes and other violent attacks in Mambilla Plateau, Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State, is more than those killed in Zamfara and Benue states combined.
Speaking in Jalingo on Monday, during a meeting between the Fulani and Mambilla ethnic groups, Mr. Buhari said he ”has a way of gathering his own information on all the crises and killings in the country.”
The president, who said he was in the state to condole with the government and those who lost their loved ones, described attacks and shedding of blood as unfortunate.
He said peace and security were not the responsibility of the government alone but a collective one.
He appealed to all to ensure that justice is done to all the people at all times, adding that the perpetrators of the heinous acts would be identified and punished.
Speaking earlier, the Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku, thanked the president for the visit and assured that the administration would do everything possible to ensure that peace was maintained in the state.
The governor also assured the president that the traditional institutions and leaders of Sardauna Local Government would be mobilised to work together to ensure the take-off of the Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Project in the area.
In the president’s entourage were service chiefs, ministers of information, defence and women affairs as well as some members of the National Assembly from Taraba.