First Lady Donates Relief Materials To Agatu Crisis Victims


Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari on Tuesday, March 29 donated relief materials to persons displaced by the crisis in Agatu, camped at the NOGOA Secondary School, Makurdi, Benue State.

The First Lady who was represented by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, said her visit to the camp was also to enable her obtain first hand information on the crisis. She condoled with victims of the crisis in Agatu and other crisis ridden areas of the state promising that they would not stand alone in their moment of grief.

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Part of the items donated were 200 bags of rice, 100 cartons of Tomato paste, cartons of sachet milk, cooking oil, and other essential food items.

Wife of the State Governor, Dr. Eunice Ortom, who lamented the trauma women and children were subjected to as a result of the crisis, urged the feuding parties to sheath their swords.

Also, Chairman, Agatu Local Government Area, has called on the Federal Government to intensify efforts towards resolving the farmers and herdsmen crisis.

Mr. Ngbede made this call at a Review Meeting of the Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion in Nigeria (RUSHPIN) Programme in Makurdi on Thursday. He stressed that internal and external crises in the council and insecurity of lives has led to a drastic reduction in scaling up access to basic hygiene practices in the council area.

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Meanwhile, in a communiqué issued at the end of a town hall meeting held in Abuja to find a lasting solution to the problem, the leadership of the cattle breeders and prominent Agatu farmers resolved on the immediate cessation of hostilities between the Idoma in Agatu and the Fulani nomadic community carrying out grazing activities in the area.

At a joint world press conference by the two parties, the national leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) was directed to order its Benue and Nasarawa State chapters to immediately order all Fulani herdsmen carrying out grazing activities in Agatu to withdraw and move to Nasarawa state while dialogue towards the peaceful resolution of the conflict is on-going.

Agatu youths were also directed to desist from patrolling the river banks until better understanding is achieved between the two parties.

The communiqué also urged the Federal Government to set up a high-powered committee that will include the leadership of the Idoma Initiative and MACBAN to comprehensively look into the immediate and remote causes of the crisis with a view to finding a lasting solution to the crisis.

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