Peter Obi Celebrates Christmas With Benue IDPs, Sends Message To FG [Photos]
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, on Sunday, celebrated Christmas with the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Abagana camp in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
Speaking at the IDP camp, Obi said his visit is to celebrate the 2022 Christmas Day with them and show that he is sad about their five years of living in the camp due to the activities of suspected herdsmen.
The former Governor of Anambra State lamented that the displaced persons were forced to abandon their homes due to perversive insecurity, noting that he shared in their pains and losses.
Obi encouraged them to be patient and look to God for intervention, hence his decision to join them on a day like Christmas when many families share the love.
He challenged the Federal Government to resettle the displaced persons so that they will move on with their lives, saying that the next government will not tolerate its citizens living in IDP camps.
The LP flagbearer, however, expressed sadness that the government is failing in its responsibility to protect its citizens.
Ortom Endorses Peter Obi
Earlier, Governor Samuel Ortom, who received Obi at the Government House, said many presidential candidates have visited Benue but had no empathy to visit the over eight IDP camps to share in their pain.
Ortom said a man like Obi if trusted with the mandate of Nigerians in 2023, will change the fortunes of the nation.
He said: “If I am not in PDP, I would have been following you everywhere, to canvass for votes for you. But because I’m in PDP, I’m still telling Nigerians that this is a man that can help & deliver this country.”
Reacting, one of the IDPs shared her joy and appreciated the former Anambra governor for the visit and asked for their immediate resettlement.
She, therefore, hoped that the LP flagbearer emerges as the next President in 2023 and address the insecurity in the state.
She said: “I feel very bad, I thought in my 5th or 6th year, I would have returned to my village, but I’m still here at IDP Camp. I pray that this Peter Obi that came, God will help him to govern us so that the situation will calm down.“