Despite previous acrimonies and hostile exchanges, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has visited Benue State, donated N200m, and has surged the people to defend themselves. He has also called for what he called “immediate and comprehensive measures to resolve the unfortunate killing of Benue people by Fulani herdsmen.” In a recent radio interview in Port Harcourt, Wike said those who wished state of emergency in Rivers State now have bigger issues on their hands.
Now, Wike said what has happened in Benue has pained his heart, and that politics must be put aside.
The governor said the N200million is purchase of relief materials and medicines for the displaced persons. Wike declared that it is no longer fashionable to trade blames while innocent people are killed by armed gangs.
Governor Wike spoke at the Peoples House in Makurdi on Wednesday after he led a delegation of Rivers elders on a condolence visit to Benue State.
Governor Wike and Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, led other leaders to offer prayers at the graveside of the 73 Benue people murdered in cold blood.
Wike said: “What has happened in Benue State has affected me. I am pained. Look at deaths everywhere. Nobody is free again. People don’t understand the magnitude of the injury inflicted on the people of Benue State. The country must sit down to proffer solutions to this menace “.
He went on: : “There is no way anybody can justify these killings. There is no justification whatsoever. The people of Benue State must rally round their governor at this point”.
The governor was quoted by his media team to have said urged the Benue people to be vigilant at all times and employ techniques of self defence to protect themselves from unprovoked attacks. At the graveside of the slain 73 persons, Senator George Sekibo offered prayers for the repose of their souls.