The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reasoned that yesterday’s visit by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to Benue state is a political attempt at window dressing the “already-damaged” image of President Muhammadu Buhari in the state.
Deputy National Secretary of PDP, Engr Emmanuel Agbo, who hails from Benue, spoke in a statement issued on Wednesday, adding that the trip is an insult to the grieving people of Benue.
The statement reads, “The visit of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, particularly to Abagana, Gbajimba and Anyii Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp is a political attempt at window dressing the already-damaged image of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and an insult to the grieving people of Benue State.
“Osinbajo did not visit the people of Benue when two priests and seventeen parishioners were killed, neither does he agree that the herdsmen who killed 73 Christians in the state are terrorists.
“It is pathetic that while Osinbajo speaks loudly against former President Goodluck Jonathan and the opposition, he remained voiceless until our people were made refugees in their own land.
“Since the news of the cabal’s plan to pick a new running mate for Buhari ahead of the 2019 presidential election became public knowledge, Osinbajo has since shown a level of desperation that casts a doubt publicly over his professed Christian faith.
“Osinbajo’s promise during his visit to the Internally Displaced Persons camps in the state that President Buhari has approved a total of N10 billion for the rehabilitation of communities affected by violent attacks in parts of the country further shows that the federal government is totally disconnected from the people.
This shameless act affirms that Buhari’s administration fail to realize that money cannot replace or buy back the lives lost to the reckless slaughter of innocent citizens by Fulani extremists.
“By this dishonest act, the Buhari administration has only added insult to the injury of Benue people. The Buhari-led federal government who promised N50billion for states who donate land for Fulani herdsmen in the name of colony unfortunately has only N10 billion for all those internally displaced farmers that cut across more than 13 states in the country.
“Let Osinbajo and his boss eat their N10 billion. The life of one Benue citizen is worth more than the Federal Government’s blood money. Let it be on record that people of Benue will not be deceived by those who impoverished our people and watched us bury our sons and daughters while they gave nothing but excuses.”