Suswam visits IDPs, donates relief materials, tasks security agencies on peace restoration
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Former governor of Benue state, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, today visited displaced victims of recent Fulani herdsmen attacks who are taking camps at Ugba and Anyiin in Logo Local Government Area of the state, calling on the Nigerian Security agencies to restore peace.
Dr. Suswam who was accompanied by his wife and former first lady of Benue state, Arc. Yemisi Dooshima Suswam, tasked the Nigerian Security agencies to urgently arrest the crises which had led to the death of hundreds of innocent people.
As parts of his schedules, the former governor met with community leaders and displaced persons at the camp opposite Ashi Polytechnic, Anyiin where he and his family commiserated with the victims and donated relief materials to them.
In his speech, Suswam condemned what he termed as the wanton destruction of lives and properties, and expressed deep sympathy with the victims of the attack’s, even as the the urged them to bear their plight with fortitude in the belief that it will soon come to pass.
He also informed the people of the impending launch of the military operation code named “Ayem a Kpatuma” ordered by the federal government of Nigeria to help stop the herdsmen attacks, calling on the people to be law-abiding and cooperate with security agencies so as to ensure the success of the operation in the area.
The former governor equally enjoined everyone above the age of eighteen years of age in the state to come out in their numbers and register in the ongoing voter registration exercise to vote for persons of their choice at the next round of elections who will provide the desired leadership for the peace and progress of the state.
Also speaking, former first lady Yemisi Suswam prayed for the displaced persons entreating God Almighty to grant them the grace to be able to endure the pains of their present ordeal.
Arc. Suswam also urged the victims to embrace God as He alone has answers to their problems.
She donated, on behalf of the Suswam family, relief materials to the victims comprising a hundred bags of rice, 500 pieces of wrappers, 10 bags of maize, 30 cartons of Indomie Instant Noodles, 20 bags of cooking salt, 20 cartons of washing soap, 20 carton of Vaseline Body Cream, and 400;bales of Sanitary Pads for women convenience.
Also speaking at the occasion, member of the Benue State House of Assembly for Logo State Constituency, Terna-Kester Kyenge, lamented the painful experience the displaced person are going through as a result of the unfortunate attacks visited on them by the herdsmen.
He said said the attacks have become one too many but enjoined the victims to be strong in their hour of trial even as he called on the relevant authorities to live up to their responsibility by restoring peace and security to the affected areas on a permanent basis.
Speaking earlier Dr. Terkula Suswam had decried the spate of incessant attacks on helpless Tiv farmers in Logo and the neighbouring Taraba State by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
He said the displaced persons numbering more than fifteen thousand are in dire need of assistance, including medical care, informing that there has already been six births in the camp.
Dr. Terkula Suswam called on the federal authorities to expedite action and ensure the restoration of security to the affected areas to enable the displaced persons return to their respective places.