The Nigerian Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo has declared that merely visiting areas that have experienced violence are not enough. He stated that a lot more should be done to prevent the future occurrences of such events instead of merely visiting the bereaved and doing nothing about the cause of sadness. Prof. Osibanjo made this statement in response to accusations that neither he nor President Buhari had visited Dapchi in Yobe State where 110 students were abducted about a week ago.
The President has not visited the sites of various killings in Zamfara, Adamawa, Benue and Taraba States but he generated anger from Nigerians when he attended the wedding ceremony between the children of Governor Ajimobi of Oyo state and Governor Ganduje of Kano in Kano on Saturday. Prof Osibanjo told newsmen over the weekend where he expressed sympathy with the people and reiterated that condolence visits alone would not solve the problem.
There is no amount of condolence that can compensate for the loss of life. Benue killing is one set of killing far too much; there is no amount of condolence that can compensate for that. And I want to say that it’s a massive tragedy,” Prof Osibanjo said.
“But the question that you seem to ask I’ve been to Zamfara, I’ve been to Adamawa when this killing took place. There are those who said, ‘oh, why don’t you visit the Fulani settlement, why do visit only where Christians were?’
“I even visited Benue in September where there have been killing before; then I’ve visited them when the flooding took place and we looked at all the issues and tried to address many of these. There have been several of these issues in different places, recently Dapchi. We have expressed condolences, but no amount of condolence would do. The more important thing and our focus has been, is first of all ensuring security in these places,” Osibanjo explained.
“We have to address the security question in a much more robust way; that the police are able to do these effectively. We have deployed the military to Kaduna, two battalions to Kaduna. In Benue and Taraba axis, we have the 93 battalion, we have 72 Special Forces. We have full concentration in Taraba and all of that, and by the way, the military is fighting in most of the north-east. So, there is a situation where the military is overstretched. So I think the most important thing is, first of all, to ensure they actually address the security of the people,” he concluded.