Ahead of Monday’s visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Benue State, stakeholders have set agenda of for his trip.
Those who spoke included the paramount ruler of the Tiv people, Tor Tiv, Prof James Ayatse, Benue elders and different groups.
Ayatse said Buhari would see the level of destruction his people and kingdom have suffered in the hands of suspected herders.
His Special Assistant on Media, Freddie Adamgbe, told Daily Trust that they expect that Buhari would visit the graveyard of the 73 slain people on New Year’s Day during his visit.
The Tor Tiv added that he expects the president to ensure the arrest of Myetti Allah Kautal Hore leadership who vowed to resist the anti-grazing law.
The monarch also demanded compensation for victims affected by the crisis while calling for improved federal presence in the Benue.
On his part, the President General of Mdzough u Tiv, a socio-cultural umbrella body of the Tiv people, Engr. Edward Ujege, expressed hopes that the president’s visit would ensure peace and security going forward.
“We expect that his coming would finally put an end to unnecessary killings.
“We believe that during the visit he would give directives to his security chiefs who include the Minister of Defence and the Inspector General of Police so that things would be better for us in Benue State,” Ujege said.
For Idoma socio-cultural group, Opiatoha k’ Idoma, its Secretary-General, Chief Adoka Adaji, urged the Federal Government to rebuild Agatu land, which was destroyed during several invasion by suspected herders.
“We will also let the president know that there is no going back on our ranching law. Cattle rearing is a business, so the Fulani people have to control their cattle by obeying the state law on ranching.
“The president should also come out clearly to condemn the killings in Benue State. That is our expectation”.
An ex-Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Tsav, said he expects the coming of the president to mark an end of the incessant killings
“Buhari should ensure that the killings do not happen again” he said.
“I urge Benue people to speak with one voice, remain united, be patient and tolerate each other as we look forward to the future and put the ugly past behind us”.