Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom received former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and his delegation.
On Sunday, both leaders met at Government House, Makurdi, where the Governor declared that Benue would only support a candidate who can guarantee the safety of its people who have suffered several years of insecurity and neglect.
He said his State is at the centre of a humanitarian crisis of immense proportion, with the majority of its farming populace displaced and threatened daily with dire consequences on the food security of the entire country.
Speaking earlier, former vice president and presidential hopeful Atiku Abubakar said he has a good understanding of the State of security in the Northcentral State and Nigeria.
Atiku, who holds Chieftaincy title, the Zege Mule Tiv, meaning great shelter of the tiv people, assured the people of the State of more support if he is elected.
While calling for peaceful co-existence between the Fulanis and other tribes in the State and country, he warned against ethnic profiling, especially of criminals.
He equally commended the administration of Governor Ortom for his peacebuilding efforts in Benue, calling on leaders to bring every Nigerian together, regardless of their religious, political, and ethnic differences.
“I don’t label anybody, either ethnically or religiously. As leaders, we should try as much as possible to bring all our people together to understand themselves,” he said.
“The other time I visited the IDPs camp in 2019, since then, I have not returned. I want to announce my own donation for their upkeep of N50 million.
“Let me recall at the beginning of the corona pandemic. I was one of the first initial donors in the private sector. My donation was not the highest; it was also N50 million. After that, so many donations came in billions.”