The Chairman of the Advisory Council, Ahmadu Bello Foundation, Justice Mamman Nasir (rtd.) has said that leaders from the northern part of Nigeria will find a solution to clashes between herdsmen and communities in Benue state.
Nasir made the statement on Friday at the Benue state Government House, Makurdi when he led a delegation of the foundation to pay a condolence visit on the Governor, Samuel Ortom, over the death of about 73 people slaughtered by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
According to Nasir, the incident should concern people of the north because the solution lies with their leaders.
He said that the unrests in the state were orchestrated by unknown people who were not from the northern region.
However, he assured that peace would be restored to the troubled state.
Speaking also at the visit, was the Board of Trustees Chairman of the Foundation, Aliyu Babangida.
Babangida who was a former governor of Niger State, in the Northern part of Nigeria, said it was needful to recognize the pains and suffering of the people of Benue adding that the perpetrators must be arrested.
Babangida said, “There is need for unity not only in the country but in the North. Whatever will affect the unity of North should be nipped in the bud. Intelligence gathering should lie with the common people. Traditional rulers should be empowered to do more intelligence job to help the governors.”
Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, while welcoming the foundation acknowledged the contribution of late Sir Ahmadu Bello in ensuring peace and unity of Nigeria as a whole, particularly in the North.
Ortom urged the Foundation to imbibe the spirit of the late Sarduna of Sokoto and first prime minister of Northern Nigeria in the restoration of peace and unity in our communities.