Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reprised his role as defender of the Federal Government during a visit to Benue State, saying the incessant killings there were not the outcome of any planned agenda to eliminate the people.
Osinbajo made the declaration during a stakeholders meeting at the Benue People’s Government House, Makurdi, on his two-day working visit to the state, saying the Federal Government was determined to prove such insinuations false by rebuilding all damaged communities in the country.
He said the anger and disappointment expressed by the people at the meeting was “right and justified” but assured that government was committed to providing security for their protection.
The vice president dismissed the religious colorations attached to the killings, saying, “persecutions have always been with Christians and it is the duty of Christians to stop it”.
“The gospel of Jesus cannot be killed by anybody; it is not fragile or written on a piece of paper,” he explained.
He condoled with the Catholic Church for the attack on its priests and worshippers at Saint Ignatius Parish Mbalom where 18 people including two catholic priests were killed by suspected armed herdsmen, and reiterated FG’s commitment to protect lives and property.
Earlier in an address, Gov Samuel Ortom, called on the federal government to fish out the killers of the two priests and their parishioners that were murdered in cold blood by gunmen.
He also called for more humanitarian aide to the state to handle the displaced people who were living in inappropriate sanitary conditions.
Other speakers at the event supported the adoption of the anti-open grazing law as a means of curbing the menace of Fulani herdsmen.