Obasanjo condemns fresh killings in Benue

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, laying a wreath yesterday, in Makurdi, at the tombs of 73 victims of herdsmen attack<br />

• Lay Wreath For Victims Of New Year Massacre

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed sadness over the continued killings of farmers by herdsmen in Benue.He spoke yesterday in Makurdi, while fielding questions from journalists after laying a wreath at the tomb of the 73 persons killed on New Year day.

He said: “I feel sad beyond description. That is why I took it upon myself, having been to Maiduguri, where we held the meeting of the Zero Hunger Forum and where if circumstances were normal, Governor Samuel Ortom would have been with us because the first meeting of the forum was held in Benue State.”He explained that he had to stop over in Benue on his way from Maiduguri, to pay a condolence visit to the people and government of Benue State and share of their pain and sadness.

He said: “I feel coming to this grave yard and laying a wreath will express sufficiently my sorrow, my sympathy and empathy to the governor and all the people of the state and indeed all the people of Nigeria.”

He maintained: “The loss of life of one Nigerian is a loss to all of us. After the burial of the 73 persons, more than 80 others are killed in different parts of Benue. This is shocking to me and shocking to many Nigerians.”

Obasanjo declared: “Until our leaders get to the root of this carnage, we will continue to bury victims. Until we get to the root of this else, we will be assuming what is not assumable, because we must know why this is happening and we must put an end to it. Somebody must accept responsibility to put an end to this. If it has to be collective responsibility, then so be it. But there must be an end to this.”

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