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During the visit of the state governor, Samuel Ortom to the affected community on Tuesday he had announced mass burial for the victims of the herdsmen attack.

Buhari appealed to the people to pay more attention to farming, especially rice cultivation, saying that rice importation had dropped by 90 per cent since some states embarked on massive production of the commodity.

"I can not overlook the killings in Benue or any other part of Nigeria". He said he is genuinely anxious about the attacks in Benue and doing everything to end them.

"What I did was to call him and give him (a) directive".

Governor Samuel Ortom said the recent attacks had displaced 170,000 people with children of school age constituting 60 per cent.

Taraba, Benue and Zamfara have been the targets of herdsmen attacks, which has resulted in the death of over 150 persons in the country in just 2018 alone.

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"Your Excellency, we plead with you to take steps to reduce the sufferings of these over 170,000 countrymen in the eight internally displaced camps".

"As a born again Christian and someone who believes in the fear of God, I can not and we have never encouraged the establishment of any militia group", he said.

He said aside taking steps to address the security crisis in Benue, it was important for President Buhari to increase federal presence in the state.

He appealed for the construction of drainages and dredging of river Benue as well as dualization of makurdi Gboko road to boost economic activities in the state.

This is the President's first visit to the state months after the New Year killings which claimed the lives of over 70 people leading to criticisms over his failure to visit the State immediately.

While he commiserated with the people over the killings, he described the attacks and bloodshed as unfortunate.

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