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Buhari has no plan to visit victims of Zamfara mass killings, but the governor traveled to visit him


Buhari has no plan to visit victims of Zamfara mass killings, but the governor traveled to visit him

All Progressives Congress (APC) governors traveled to Daura, Katsina state on Friday to condole with President Muhammadu Buhari over the loss of two members of his extended family – his 56-year old niece, and the wife of his elder brother.

The visit came less than 48 hours after bandits killed 41 persons in Zamfara state – following a trend of mass killings across Nigeria since the beginning of the year. However one of the governors who visited the president in Daura was the Zamfara governor Abdulaziz Yari, who lost his compatriots.

Although there is no record of the governor raising up the issue with Pres. Buhari in Daura, he subsequently visited the affected community where he blamed security agencies for the fatalities and expressed disappointment in the federal government’s handling of the security situation.

“I feel let down facing the people of this state whenever I remember the promise I made to them that when they elect President Muhammadu Buhari into power, these killings will end. But unfortunately, things are now getting worse. As such, I urge you security agencies to up the ante so as not to lose this war. If you let us take issues on our hands, anarchy will reign which is not what we hope us,” he said.

All eyes are now on Pres. Muhammadu Buhari.

Over a dozen APC governors traveled to visit him over the loss of some members of his extended family, however the president does not show the same empathy to Nigerians who lose loved ones in killings which the government ought to have prevented. From Rivers to Benue to Adamawa, states have recorded high number of losses this year alone but Pres. Buhari has refused to visit the victims and survivors of the tragedies. Zamfara is the latest killing theatre and so far there are no signs that the president plans to visit.

In America where 17 people were killed in a school shooting this week, Pres. Trump has already visited some of the survivors, families of the victims, hospital staff and police officers. But the only sign of the president’s awareness of the Zamfara tragedy was a statement signed by one of his spokespersons, Garba Shehu, condemning the massacre.

The governors who met with the president are the chairman of Governors’ Forum and Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari; Rochas Okorocha (Imo); Abubakar Muhammed (Bauchi); Kashim Shettima (Borno); Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Malam Nasir El-Rufa’I of Kaduna State.

Others are Gov. Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa, Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); Godwin Obaseki of Edo; Yahaya Bello (Kogi); Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi); Abubakar Sani-Bello (Niger) and Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, while the governors of Benue, Osun and Ogun were represented by their deputies. The governors of Yobe and Plateau were also represented at the meeting.

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