Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has explained why President Muhammadu Buhari has not visited states that have witnessed killings in recent months. Osinbajo said he represented the president in some of the states, stating that condolence visits cannot compensate for loss of lives. The VP who also mentioned the abduction of 110 Dapchi girls in Yobe, said that what is paramount is to ensure security in all states of the nation. In a chat with newsmen in Lagos on Sunday, Osinbajo said: “Let me say it first that no amount of condolence can compensate for the loss of life, whether in Calabar, Mambilla or Benue or where people were killed in Adamawa or Zamfara, any of these states.
”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. ”I’ve been to Zamfara, I’ve been to Adamawa when this killing took place. 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.” Osinbajo also spoke on what the government in doing to address security challenges nationwide ”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.”