Governors at war over killings by Fulani herdsmen

Governors at war over killings by Fulani herdsmen

Governors at war over killings by Fulani herdsmen

While sympathizing with the families of those that were massacred in the attacks, as well as those who were injured and the displaced, Udende charged them to remain calm as the Benue state government, in collaboration with stakeholders in the state, were doing everything humanly possible with the view to protecting them from further attacks and to also ensure justice for victims of this act of cruelty.

The Leadership newspaper said the Federal Government has given explanations for the establishment of cattle colonies as against the nomadic structure now going on.

A civil Society Organization (CSO) Middle-Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG), has called on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to resign over the incessant killing in the state.

It said that several persons operating as Civilian JTF in Benue states arrested by the military have confessed that they are answerable to the governor and some of his senior officials.

Mohammed Hussaini, chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), said the Fulani and Tiv people in Nasarawa State, were living peacefully.

Further demanding for the arrest of the leader of Miyetti Allah Kautal Houre, Unongo added, "If the Federal Government can not stop or arrest those behind the killings; in two weeks, we shall raise an army of our own". Gen. Lawrence Onoja (retd.), said the killings are genocidal conspiracy against the Benue people.

The Benue-born general said, "Some of us, in 1966, fought the Nigerian civil war; Benue has contributed to the unity of this country".

Speaking on behalf of the Benue State House of Assembly, the Majority leader, Benjamin Adenyi, expressed sadness that Buhari came to Benue State during electioneering and after he was elected, he looked the other way while Benue people were being killed.

Plateau state governor, Samson Lalong had faulted the anti-grazing law, saying he warned Ortom against it.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria that there was need for peace to reign for the growth and development of the state. We pray for the repose if the innocent souls.

"The essence of the briefing is, therefore, to call on the Federal Government to immediately declare a State of Emergency in Taraba State and any other state where the governor as the Chief Security Officer willfully allows the security situation to degenerate to the point where mass murder is committed". We will not be deterred because I am ready to pay the supreme price for the implementation of the anti-open grazing law.

Ortom also rejected the suggestion for the state to create a cattle colony or grazing routes for herdsmen.