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the security challenges the economic problems; but we just have to put something on the table We hope that we will be able to surmount the security challenges The projects you have seen today cut across the 23 LGs In all the LGs we have tried to make some impact because we were voted in massively by the people This is because without a secured society there can be no meaningful development and we cannot do it alone We require development partners to come in We require the private sector to come in We require spirited individuals and cooperate organizations to come in But no one will be willing to come in when his life is not secured or his investment is not secured Some of the projects that we undertook even with the meager resources are not going on currently because of insecurity So that has been a challenge I know of a road in Guma LG another one in Gwer West several other Local Governments where herdsmen have taken over It is difficult to do the work This is where we are and I know that tomorrow we will have the challenge of whether these funds will be diverted and we begin to struggle to see how we can recover them Though it is not the fault of the contractors they had mobilized to site but they had to leave One of the bulldozer contractors was a victim around February He was killed while working there The challenge is still there Operation Whirl Stroke are still there they are doing their best they are also victims just like the other security agencies On record more than 30 of them have been killed since January It is a big challenge We are praying and with the recent directive of the President that security agencies should deal with this bandits ruthlessly we hope that there will be hope for our people because I can see famine I can see poverty I can see underdevelopment with this going on 180000 IDPs are in the displaced camp we have established and more than 500 000 people who have been are displaced are living with relatives It’s not an easy task For a state that the economy is driven by the civil service and actively supported by peasant farming when the farmers are displaced and are no longer contributing to add value to the economy it becomes a problem It’s quite challenging and in the next few years if this continues whatever economic activities that are happening around this area can no longer go on; so we pray that the matter will be over Are you paying salaries Yes we have been consistently paying our workers since January I inherited when we took over in 2015 over N69bn salary arrears pension and gratuity Over 70 billion for other engagements of government We tried to cope with the issue of garnishing our account because people who went to court and secured valid judgement had to be paid We tried to pay judgement debts we tried to pay for other several commitments It’s been quite tasking but we appreciate God for how far we have gone The 23 LGs welcomed us and we felt that there was the need to try to do something The issue of payment of salary has been the biggest challenge of this government because Benue state economy is driven by the civil service No much of commercial activities are going on here no industries so there is no engagement of the private sector providing commercial activities so it has become very challenging Once salaries are not paid it becomes a big challenge This is what we’ve been battling with Since the beginning of the year because the economy is improving the federal allocation has improved compared to what we used to have Throughout the period that we were in recession the total allocation that was coming to the state was an average of 5 billion and then you have an IGR of about 500 million it becomes a problem But we also appreciate the fact that today in Nigeria despite the low IGR that comes into the state Benue state is number 3 in terms of payment of high salary In the North we have 19 states and Benue state is the highest In fact it may interest you to know that some states in the north their salary is 1/3 of what Benue State is paying so it becomes a very big task In the whole country Benue State is number 3 in terms of payment of high amount of salary While Lagos is first Rivers is second and then Benue State But if you compare our IGR to these two states you can see the difference so it’s a big challenge As we have more money we will pay the arrears Nobody can tell you anywhere that there is misappropriated money All those lies on social media and others can never be justified In fact we have had some issues with some people who we thought were responsible and because of their irresponsibility in their utterances we have tried to prove in a civil way that we have not done anything wrong so we have taken them to court to prove their wild allegations of embezzlement of funds How will you take money in this time of BVN and this time where accounts are open to other security agencies Go and prove where monies have been diverted to We have utilized our resources very well and our accounts are ready for everyone to see We are transparent and we publish them for everyone to see It is a difficult thing contending with payment of salary in the state so what we have done as at today; from January we decided that let us suspend all the projects because salaries must be paid I have been advised by traditional rulers politicians who are close to me the clergy and all the people that were consulted that we must suspend every other thing to consistently pay salaries and that’s what we have been doing They say ‘If you construct a bridge and there is no one to make use of it it doesn’t make any meaning so pay salaries’ So we have suspended all projects From January by the Grace of God we have been able to pay up to date and what is left now is the arrears which is seven months at the state level 11 at the LG level This is an accumulation of all the arrears But we must appreciate the workers for their understanding They understand our plight because we are transparent We are open to them In the LG joint account the workers are also part of it so that they can also see what comes in and goes out So it has made things very easy for us instead of trying to answer some of those wild allegations that people make which are lies They are there themselves I don’t play with LG funds and at the state level whatever we spend all the figures are there for anyone to see So we are hoping that things will be better As the allocation is improving we are hoping that if at the end of every month we are able to pay salaries and we have some surplus we should be able to pay from the arrears and if there is any other opportunity that will come my way in terms of money priority will be given to settlement of these arrears so that people will be happy that is where we are today What exactly is the security situation in the state at the moment On security as I said we are working with the security agencies to see if the IDPs can go back to their homes because that is my greatest worry as at today God has been very merciful to us in the state as we have not had a major epidemic and our prayer is that God will sustain us and not allow any major epidemic in any of these camps We have had supports from some states in the country spirited individuals cooperate organizations development partners the civil society have been very wonderful the media have played a major role we commend them for the support that they have been giving to us I know the passion that Nigerians have; words cannot express my inestimable appreciation on behalf of Benue state government and the people To all those who have shown one concern in one way or the other those condemning the act of impunity and lawlessness that is reigning in Nigeria today against Benue people; they have done well we appreciate them because we have seen the reaction of the government and so on Even when we are not able to reach out to the presidency the people are there to speak on our behalf and so the presidency hears Several times have heard statements coming from the presidency saying that we are not part of this including the impunity of impeachment that took place recently in Benue state Eight members of the House of Assembly out of 30 coming to say they have issued impeachment notice on me; up till today as I speak to you I have not seen any impeachment notice They know that they were doing an illegal thing Yes we have seen some actions from the federal government we are expecting to see more because democracy is anchored on the rule of law When you put rule of law aside and you begin to do things the way you want you are asking for trouble you are asking for anarchy And if there is no law then nobody is protected even you as a president or governor or LG chairman or traditional ruler nobody is safe On the street if you go you will see some powerful people and they will run over you and you will be no more On the road you’ll see these trailers you see drivers of trucks some drive anyhow but the only thing that gets to them is that they know that if they crush you the law will catch up with them So the law is very important in democracy If we must succeed we must respect the rule of law So I appreciate Nigerians they are at alert and I thank God Mr President I believe that he’s the same person I know as a man of integrity and a man who respects the law And we are not asking for too much we are asking that let the right thing be done let there be justice let there be equity let there be fairness in whatever we do so that if I don’t go to Abuja I should know that this is what the law says that should be done The herdsmen attack like I said the operation whirl stroke put together by the Defense Headquarters where you have the army the Navy the police the Civil Defence the DSS the Air Force has really helped But frankly these mercenaries are out for business They are out to subject the people to deeper pains There is more to what we are seeing and it’s all about occupation; let nobody deceive you that this is herdsmen This is beyond herdsmen My worry is about the sponsors of this heinous act of destruction killings and so on Up till today and as I speak to you some are hiding in neighboring states and come out to attack and go back I think the Operation Whirl stroke at a point pursued them to some of our neighboring states and they caught them But some areas are still being occupied by the mercenaries In my own LG half of the place cannot be accessed They are still there They have taken advantage of the rainy season Some places cannot be accessed by road the whole place is riverine even part of Makurdi here these people are still here They are very stubborn they come from neighboring state with their cattle The challenge has been that the security personnel are grossly inadequate to cover the entire terrain that are affected; there is no doubt about that Like I said the security personnel that have been posted here have done their best maybe we need to do more the FG needs to do more because it’s their responsibility but the ones they have sent here are really doing well They have really shown commitment They are working very hard and like I said more than 30 of their personnel were killed by these mercenaries They are doing their best but they are grossly inadequate and I know that the security challenge is not only in Benue state; several other states are affected including the north east and so on We have constantly told our traditional rulers and the stakeholders that the issue of security should be looked beyond just allowing them to do their thing We too have a role to play If you have security men in your society and you provide water for them you have added value and if you have vehicle around that you can spare for security operatives you have added value and so there is so much that can be done We also support the security agencies by intelligence gathering We provide intelligence because this is a guerrilla warfare it’s not a normal thing like you are confronting your enemies sometimes they come from the backdoor and so on So if you allow the security men alone it may not work So all of us are working together We also have vigilante group in place They are not armed but they can be very effective by providing information for us in the state This is the result of our Amnesty program So anywhere we get information that there are criminals or bandits we move against them using the security agencies So we have to manage what we have There are challenges even with us providing logistics and all other supports but when the resources are not there it becomes a very big problem and the FG is challenged in providing funds and the states are expected to give support the LG and all that but sometimes when the resources are not there at all it becomes a very big challenge So the security operatives have been doing a lot of sacrifices too I think that as I have said the new directives of Mr president urging the security agencies to do more; if they honour that I believe that more will be achieved but for now they are trying to do their best You have been complaining about Miyetti Allah’s activities in the state yet no arrest has been made so far They have become even more vocal Are you helpless now that no action has been taken against them Well I’m not helpless but I’m disappointed because if you talk about providing intelligence to security agencies to help them apprehend impunity lawlessness and sanction those who are perpetuating evil act like Miyetti Allah are doing and then nothing is done to them then you begin to wonder whether they have immunity like I have like Mr president or like my deputy has Do they have immunity And if they do which part of the constitution and if they are not covered by the constitution which constitution are they using are they Nigerians If you talk about hate speech if you talk about instigating violence if you talk about suspects who are killers it should be Miyetti Allah They have instigated violence in this country We have reported them and nothing happened They have been promoting hate speeches and what amazes me is that they go publicly and say it and nothing happens They are completely lawless people and no one is prepared to even question them You can see they are gradually moving from one step to the other I appreciate Nigerians who have been vocal on this matter We just have to take the destiny of our country into our hands and to ensure that the rule of law in our country prevails if not we will all be consumed Those who are keeping quiet and thinking that Ortom is making a noise their time is coming I’m a target for this people to be killed I have said it but I have also said my life is not in the hands of any Miyetti Allah agent or anyone at all It is in the hand of God it’s only when God permits that my life will leave this world I’m not afraid to say it that after me they will go after another person so it is our collective responsibility If we want this democracy to continue we must ensure that those who are becoming lawless are punished so it will serve as a deterrent to others If not tomorrow another group will also spring up For us here we have maintained that we want to be law abiding Despite all the provocations and insults we have restricted ourselves to allow the rule of law to prevail as two wrongs can never make a right For so many times Miyetti Allah have come out to admit to killing our people In the January massacre they said they were responsible and that their cattle were rustled Because of that you come and kill Why not go after the people that rustled your cattle and report them to the police and get them arrested than going to kill innocent people toddlers; you kill pregnant women you kill old men and others How can a 74-year-old man go to rustle cattle Can a toddler go to rustle cattle How can a pregnant woman of 8 months go to rustle cattle These are very painful things and we must not keep quiet We must speak Nigerians must rise up to say something otherwise like Danjuma said we are going to lose our territory This is not about herdsmen rustling cattle It’s about conquest After all Miyetti Allah Boko Haram Isis are the same thing no difference These are agents of the devil Their duty is to kill to destroy and to steal and to us Christians that is the attribute of the devil ‘The devil cometh not but to steal to kill and to destroy This is what these people are doing So you don’t need an Angel to tell you that these people are evil people So the fact is that as long as these people are not apprehended they will continue to graduate from all forms of impunity and lawlessness to another What is the business of Miyetti Allah for God’s sake by calling on the Senate President to resign otherwise they will force him out Are they members of the Senate Have Miyetti Allah become lawmakers The constitution is there the rules in the senate are there guiding them those who are members of senate know what to do The constitution is there and there are rules they know how to elect they know how to impeach and it’s not the first time we have seen senate president removed through due process; it’s very easy Once you have two-third you decide what happens; that is the law; it is the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Miyetti Allah is not mentioned in our constitution So many people will not share my pain/opinion today but tomorrow they will accept it We have decided that we will stay by the truth and work with it and I’m not intimidated by anyone All that I’m asking for is justice equity and fairness for everybody for every Nigerian Those who talk about the anti-grazing law being responsible for the security issues in Benue State have forgotten that it’s a global best practice Excluding Africa it is what is practiced everywhere in the world And the entire cattle that we are talking about in Nigeria that is creating trouble today are less than 20 million In India we have over 200 million but they ranch In Brazil they have over 200 million yet they ranch In America and Argentina they have over a hundred million and they ranch Even on African soil ranching is taking place in South Africa and Swaziland I was in Swaziland 5 years ago and their major export earning is beef but they ranch They ranch even in Kenya They ranch everywhere even in Ghana here Last year they ordered that if you can’t ranch and move about with your cattle it should be turned to ‘suya’ Why can’t we ranch We are still thinking that we are in the 50s What was the total population of Nigeria when we were in the 50s; less than 40 million Today what is the population We are now over 200 million And this is something that has been analyzed and discussed and accepted If you look at it and check where we are today and where we will be in terms of progression in 2030 Nigeria will be 450 million people So if you have 200 million sitting on 923000 square kilometers and you are having this kind of challenge what will happen when you are 450 million Schools alone I can imagine the space that it will occupy and then you talk of roads hospitals several other activities; so what are you going to do So it’s better to start planning now And globally the best practice in animal husbandry is ranching To be continued… This is why we really want Buhari to liberate our villages so that we can stop this begging and start making our own money at our homes,She said the research activity stretches across the university, Rex Ryan,Saturday that it has told workers to consider anyone who walks into its stores a customer,433, Joe Biden demanded the flag be removed from the South Carolina capitol back when he was a presidential candidate in 2007.

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