President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the ongoing killings in Benue State by the marauding Fulani herdsmen, describing it as barbaric and inhuman
The president, who made his feelings known through the minister of Interior, Lt Gen Adulrahaman Dambazzau rtd, said he was in Benue at the instance of the president to commiserate with the Tor Tiv and the governor over the ongoing blood bath in the state.
He described the Fulani herdsmen as common criminals that could be tackled head long.
“The federal and state government will put its heads together to find a lasting solution to these perennial crises because everyone has a right to live. This crises is not about ethnicity or religion but pure criminality and I bet you, those found wanting in this act will face maximum punishment”
The president, however, debunked insinuations that he is in support of the Fulani herdsmen who are killing Benue farmers, and pleaded with the people of the state not to allow politicians to cash into the crises for personal interest, saying there is no way the president who is supposed to be the chief security of her citizens will support such criminal group who carry arms, sneak into innocent people’s houses and kill them in their sleep.
President Buhari said as the food basket of the nation, Benue State needs more security in its quest to feed the nation, saying he is deeply touched by the plight of the people who lost their lives and loved ones.
In a reaction, the Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom reiterated his earlier call to the federal government to arrest the leadership of the Miyetti Allah, Kautal Hore for their persistence threat to unleash terror on Benue indigenes following the implementation of the Anti-open grazing law in November 1st 2017.
“ I keep repeating myself, if the FG or Miyetti Allah has an alternative that is better than the anti-opening grazing law, let the person bring it out, else, for us in the state, there is no going back on this law. No amount of intimidation can make us reverse to status quo, ranching is a global practice that is practised in all parts of the world and is the only solution to the farmer/ herder crises. So, we in Benue are tired with the evil associated with open grazing and we are calling on the president to match his words with action by directing the arrest of the said leadership of Miyetti Allah , except he is telling us they are above the law and we, Benue people are not Nigerians,” Ortom stated.
Also speaking, the senator representing Benue North – West, Senator George Akume, said as the leader of the APC in the state, they have confidence in the Buhari- led administration and urged him not to use issue of herdsmen dent his image.
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