Buhari backs down, to visit Taraba, Benue, Yobe, Zamfara, Rivers

Amid heavy public backlash over his decision to attend a wedding between the children of two governors instead of touring areas of recent mass killings, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said he would travel to those states from Monday March 5, 2018.

Buhari said in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, that he would begin the visit from Taraba today.

Then, he will travel to Benue, Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers states.

In the last few months, these states have witnessed mass killings arising from cult attacks or feuds between Fulani herdsmen and farmers or invasions of communities by Boko Haram.

On January 1, cultists killed about 30 people in Omoku, Rivers State as they were returning from crossover service.

This was followed by the gruesome killings of 73 persons by Fulani herdsmen in Benue State.

On the heels of that were the killings of villagers by alleged bandits in Zamfara State.

In Taraba, there have been repeated killings and counter-killings by herdsmen and militia defending villages.

In Yobe, 110 pupils of Government Girls Science Technical College Dapchi were kidnapped by Boko Haram two weeks ago.

The insurgents followed up with an attack on Rann in Borno State on Thursday March 1, in which no fewer than 11 aid workers, soldiers and civilians were killed and two Red Cross midwives abducted.

Buhari had come under harsh criticism for choosing to grace the wedding between the children of the governors of Oyo and Kan, Abiola Ajimobi and Ibrahim Ganduje respectively, in Kano on Saturday.

He cane under further attack when it was revealed that he would be heading to Ghana today to grave the celebration of 25 years of uninterrupted democracy.

However, his spokesman said  Buhari had decided to undertake an assessment of the affected areas and to condole with the affected people.

He said Buhari had directed security agencies to “compile comprehensive reports on the various incidents.”

He also said the president had been receiving daily been receiving reports from the affected states.

He urged the people to cooperate with the security agencies.

It was, however, silent on whether he would still travel to Ghana.