Buhari speaks on Benue flood that has displaced over 100,000 people

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President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken on the flood in Benue State that has displaced about 100,000 people, according to official estimates.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the flood displaced the residents of 24 communities.

The Executive Secretary of the Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA,Boniface Ortese, said on Wednesday that over 2,769 households are affected by the flood.

In a statement on Friday, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said Mr. Buhari “has received with great concern reports of the flooding in Benue State, which, according to early estimates, has affected thousands of homes and displaced more than 100,000 persons in 12 local government areas.”

“Consequently, the president has directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately mobilise personnel and resources to come to the aid of the victims of the flooding.

The president is closely monitoring the situation, and will be receiving regular updates on the scale of the disaster, as well as the federal government’s humanitarian response.

“The president extends his sympathies to the government and people of Benue State, and assures that the federal government will make available any assistance needed to enable the state government and the affected communities cope with and surmount the impact of the flooding,” Mr. Shehu said.

Speaking on the flood, Mr. Ortese told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Makurdi that places affected included Achusa, Idye, Wurukum Market, Genabe, Industrial Layout, Demekpe, Wadata Market, Katungu, behind the Civil Service Commission, Agboughul-Wadata among others.

“In Achusa, 200 houses were affected with 5,125 persons displaced. In Idye 217 houses were affected while 5,200 persons were displaced.

“Also, behind the Civil Service Commission 200 houses were submerged in flood and 5,777 persons were displaced,” he said.

Benue is not among the states the federal government announced would receive N1.6 billion each to mitigate the impact of floods in their state. The directive to give the money to the 16 states was given by the then acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, in July.

Officials in beneficiary states such as Plateau, however, say they are yet to receive the money, which was supposed to be taken from the Ecological Fund and disbursed through the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to the affected states.

Officials in Benue, however, say the state should be included among the beneficiaries due to is experience with flood this year.


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  • imma

    Premium Times Editor,

    PREMIUM TIMES should help us. We are dying under Muhamadu Buhari. Nigerians are dying.
    Nothing good under Buhari. Just pain and suffering only. Naira devalued. Petrol price increased.
    No electricity for weeks. Companies collapse. Only four airlines left in Nigeria – the rest have all
    collapsed. Thousands of workers were retrenched after Buhari devalued the Naira. The federal
    Bureau of statistics is saying there are 28 million unemployed youths in Nigeria today. Buhari is
    a fumbler. Buhari is a hate speech. Buhari is the epitome of evil. Any newspaper that can’t say
    this simple truth is not worth reading. Household debts rise and suicide rate in Nigeria is soaring.
    Muhamadu Buhari is the worst president Nigeria has ever had, a semi-literate man with no ideas.

    • 0tile

      Make sure they don’t lynch you hate for speech. Anybody who does not sing the praises of Buhari can now be held for hate speech.

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        Always off target,stop the madness.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Learn to ignore the id!ot, Bruv.

          Responding to ‘it’ makes it think it’s relevant.

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            Bravo,brv! I ye yu.Ao u dey,long time.

        • Julius

          hahahahahaha, faggot always shoot blank ! He is a hateful person that need prayers.

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            Juli,u don start again o,abeg no crack person rib o.

          • Julius

            lolz, no mind the fag..he is always good for laughs !

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            I wonder how people reason. When hatred has beclouded ones mind, it becomes very impossible to see the beauty in others. Buhari is their nightmare. Keep it up bruv.

      • Julius

        Fag, you shooting blank again..lmaoooooooooo !!

    • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

      Kuku die finish to safe condemned soul from further agony. Loser!

    • thusspokez

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  • Akpan Rose Progress

    Hu

  • BiafraExit

    Useless man Buhari. Why not relocate the 100,000 displaced persons to London? Are these Nigerians allergic to living in London?

    • Eluba Inas

      May God help you over whatever it is that afflicts you.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        He is beyond redemption.

        Rather, let’s pray he rots in hel*

        • Julius

          Amen !

    • STS. Dame

      you don’t know what you are doing to called your President with this word, and i believed you don’t have religion, that teach you how respect your leaders/elders and also you’re not a good biafran.

  • John A

    Buhari speaks on Benue flood, this man should stop speaking and move into actions.
    Why is Nigeria always having incompetent leaders?
    Is there hope for this country with the current leadership style?

    • Darlington

      I have been following President Trump responses with flooding in Texas, when compared with Nigeria; I weep profusely. Trump has visited Texas & made personal donation of one million dollars, while Buhari has gone to Daura to celebrate Sallah. What an irony. Nigeria should be restructured or disintegrated to enable us be led by leaders who have empathy for their people.

      • John A

        Buhari is Nigeria greatest mistake of the 21 century.

        • Julius

          Yeah sure and your broda was better.

          • John A

            He wasn’t, both of them are not qualify . I was hoping the apc of then would come up with a vibrant man, instead they choose a primitive tyrant, who still lives in the 16th century.

  • John Okoh

    Why are Nigerians not saying anything about the retirement of Southern Military Officers and Buhari has all the Federal Agencies and departments under the control of Hausa Fulani Moslems .Is that fair? Shame on those who say we have one country.. No federal character in anything. .Welcome to APC government .Don, t you see now why Buhari ran for the presidency three times? Police ,Army ,Air force, DSS,IMMIGRATION,NPA,PRISONS,CUSTOMS,NNPC, SENATE,HOUSE OF REPS,PRESIDENCY,KEY MINISTRIES including Education, etc all under Hausa Fulani. Why ?

    • thusspokez

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  • thusspokez

    These people must have a very boring lives, so much so that flood seems to draw a large crowd of fans and watchers.

  • thusspokez

    I am often puzzled by the reaction of people of African origins to potential dangers, For example, whereas, people of European origins would run miles to safety, Africans — as we see in this photo and in ‘Hurricane Katrina’ in New Orleans in 2005 — will choose to tempt faith. And by the time, they finally realise that they are in danger, it is often too late as was the case in New Orleans.

    • Julius

      Well, it is because they do not have the means to just pack up and move. in the case of New Orleans, some of those poor folks have no cars and before they knew it, public transportation was not running. I do understand your point but, you must also look into why .

  • Harrison

    I am reading that ‘Bihari said’! First anyone who has seen the clip should let me know. Secondly, this is not just a ‘speaking’ matter. It requires action. For God sake, people are suffering. They need aid! What is happening in this country? Take a look at the USA, I know we are not a developed nation. Their government has deployed hundreds of veterans to help, it has supplied the basic mobile resources needed for mobility. The president, Donald J Trump has even donated $1,000,000 to Texas to help with the hurricane-disaster.
    If our president could not stay in office because of rats. Please let’s send help to those who have been driven from their homes by flood!