Buhari Schedules Benue, Yobe Zamfara, Rivers States Visit

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Yemisi Izuora 

Though belated according to public opinion, the President Muhammadu Buhari has finally scheduled a visit to states that have witnessed violence recently for the purpose of on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Monday.

Adesina said Buhari would begin his journey with a trip to Taraba State on Monday; and that he would subsequently visit Benue, Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers states.

The presidential spokesman, however, did not disclose when the trips to the four states will take place.

The statement read, “In view of recent terrorist attacks, criminal activities and communal clashes in some states leading to tragic loss of lives and kidnapping of 110 schoolgirls, President Muhammadu Buhari immediately tasked the Armed Forces and other security agencies to compile comprehensive reports on the various incidents.

“Having received and studied the reports, the President has decided to undertake an on-the-spot assessment of the various occurrences and to meet and console the communities affected.

“From today, March 5, he will visit Taraba, and subsequently Benue, Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers states.

“President Buhari has been receiving daily briefings, and has been in constant touch with the governors, and has been updated with situation reports.

“The President calls on all Nigerians, especially those in the affected areas, to cooperate fully with the security agencies to enable them curb the spate of crimes, bring those responsible to justice and prevent further occurrences.”

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