Former Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure total peace is restored in Benue State.
Bafarawa made the call on Friday when he paid a condolence visit to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to commiserate with him and the people of the state over the killings in the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Speaking at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, Punch reports the former governor said 2019 elections can only be possible if peace is restored to troubled areas such as Benue State.
Bafarawa said, “Why would there be an election in 2019 when there is no peace? The most important thing you can bring to a society is peace. When you bring peace to them, you have brought life and can then talk about the election.”
Bafarawa further urged the Federal Government to wake up to its duties and put serious efforts into restoring peace in Benue State and other parts of the country.
He advised President Muhammadu Buhari to involve stakeholders in finding lasting solution to the challenge, irrespective of political affiliation.
The former governor thereafter made a cash donation of N10m to support the family of the victims of the January 1 killings.
Governor Ortom thanked Bafarawa profusely for the show of solidarity, submitting that the clashes between herdsmen and farmers was a national problem which needed a national solution.