This is President Buhari's first visit to the state since the New Year killings which claimed the lives of over 70 people.
President Buhari on March 5 commenced an official visit to Taraba, Plateau and other states of the federation affected by security crisis for an on the spot assessment of damages caused by herdsmen-farmers clashes.
I have friends here in the state, there is no way I can deliberately overlook what is happening here and other parts of the country.
He denied insinuations that he overlooked the killings that happened in Benue, saying he is genuinely anxious over them.
"What I did was to call him and give him the directive".
Ortom also lamented that as it is presently, no fewer than 170,000 persons have been displaced and are being housed by the state government as internally displaced persons (IDPs) in different camps as a result of the attacks.
Governor Samuel Ortom said the recent attacks had displaced 170,000 people with children of school age constituting 60 per cent. "People would believe me, but I will be disloyal if I do that".
The governor called on Buhari to support the enforcement of the Benue Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment law and appealed to the president to assist the state with soft loan and grant to enable the state clear it backlog of salaries.
Akume expressed the anger of the Tivs with the president over the way and manner he handled herdsmen killings in the state.
He appealed for the construction of drainages and dredging of river Benue as well as dualization of makurdi Gboko road to boost economic activities in the state.
Although the IGP visited Benue after the President's directive, the state government accused him of spending only one day in the state and then proceeding to Nasarawa State and spending several days there.
The president said he preferred to quietly "read the riot act" as he did to the Inspector General of Police when the Benue attacks began.