Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari has thrown his weight behind the amnesty programme initiated by the state government to get illegally armed youths in the state to surrender their weapons.
The governor spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with President Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
According to him, President Buhari endorsed the programme after he briefed him on the security situation in the state.
Ortom said the President was impressed with the success of the amnesty programme which started last year, and gave him the nod to continue with it as part of efforts to keep the state and the nation safer.
He said the state government would in turn support efforts of the federal government on the war against corruption because the optimum use of the country’s vast resources at a time of dwindling oil revenues is seriously hampered by corruption.
He also denied the recent allegations of bailout funds misuse by his administration.