By Peter Duru
Makurdi—President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of N10 billion for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of communities affected by herdsmen crisis in Benue and other parts of the country.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this, yesterday, while addressing displaced victims of herdsmen crisis at Abagena Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp on the outskirts of Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
Osinbajo said the President had identified that three things must be done to address the challenge, which, according to him, included provision of security to the attacked community, restoration of destroyed communities and farmlands to enable the victims return to the farms and ensure that children returned to school.
He said: “The President has given me the responsibility of ensuring the implementation of these task. So, at the Food Security Council, the President approved N10 billion to rebuild and reconstruct communities in Benue and other states affected by the crisis.
“We intend to commence that work as soon as possible so that you, the displaced persons, can return to your communities to rebuild your lives and families.
“My people say ‘when a king’s home is destroyed, it would be better when rebuilt’, that is what will happen to you the victims of the crisis.
“I must state that we are not by this doing you any favour, it is your rights as Nigerians and it is our responsibility to do it.
“I want to assure you that your sufferings have come to an end, this is going to be the beginning of the good God has for you. Your weeping has come to an end.”
Earlier, Governor Samuel Ortom appealed to the Federal Government to take decisive steps to ensure that the IDPs returned to their homes by providing enough security in the affected communities.
He said: “The last four months have not been palatable for the IDPs. The last time I visited the camps, all the mothers, fathers and children were eager to have security in order to go back home to continue with their farming activities to cater for their families.”