Nigerians React As Benue Govt Buries Attack Victims

Nigerians React As Benue Govt Buries Attack Victims

James Ayatse, claimed that Tiv people residing in Nasarawa and Taraba states were being killed by Fulani herdsmen on a daily basis since the Benue killings started.

The majority of the thousands of mourners who trooped into the IBB Square, Makurdi for the memorial service and the subsequent burial at the Mobile Barracks, in black attires, cursed and wept uncontrollably.

A pro-President Muhammadu Buhari organization, the Democratic Youths Congress for Buhari 2019, has condemned recent media comments credited to Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose over Fulani herdsmen attacks in Benue State.

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

Also in a speech, the Country Representative of the United Nations in Nigeria, Mr Martins Ejidike, said the world body would consider the request for humanitarian assistance to the 50,000 displaced people during the attacks.

He assured the state governor, Samuel Ortom and other stakeholders that all those involved in the killing of over 70 residents of the state, will be brought to justice.

" I, therefore, call on the Federal Government to act swiftly by putting an end to this killings; this act of impunity must stop". "We can not allow people to colonise us again, we have all it takes to do that", Unongo added.


Plateau state governor, Samson Lalong had faulted the anti-grazing law, saying he warned Ortom against it. "If the Federal Governmrnt refuses to address the killings in Benue and if we decide to raise our army as advocated by our elders to defend ourselves, l will not mind to command that army despite my age".

The IGP has howeverpromised to arrest those behind the incessant killings in Benue State.

In his funeral oration for victims of herdsmen killings, Avenya prayed for the repose of the souls of the dead and called for prayers for the survivors of the attacks.

"We also demand that a state of emergency be immediately declared in Benue State and any other states where crisis between herders and farmers may break out in the nearest future so as to forestall any further deterioration of the crisis anywhere in the country".

He said the people of the state who fought in the civil war to sustain the unity of Nigeria, would not continue to allow invaders to kill and maim their people if the Federal Government failed to protect them. We will not be deterred because I am ready to pay the supreme price for the implementation of the anti-open grazing law.

"We wish to state categorically that the Benue State Government under Governor Samuel Ortom has not recruited any militia group and armed them since the Governor assumed office", the state insisted.

"Benue state must similarly be placed under emergency rule since its governor has not only confirmed his lack of capacity to arrest the situation but has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he is a core part of the problem", Salawu said.

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