Benue State has been in the news for the wrong reasons this year, as close to 100 people have been killed by Fulani herdsmen, militia or gunmen.
On this page, I have severally called for stronger action against the herdsmen as the crisis has the potential to topple the administration of President Buhari or even cause a civil war. The actions and utterances of the minister of Defence, Mansur Dan – Ali have not been inspiring at all. The Fulanis are being treated like a superior race and that has been one of the causes of the problem.
At the same time, it is unfortunate that Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom is taking advantage of the killings to play politics and attract sympathy from his people. He has embarked on a blame game spree, blaming everybody for the crisis but himself.
Before the killings, his rating was at an all time low; salaries have not been paid for months and has looked helpless in steering the ship of the state, But after the killings, his popularity has soared.
What is even more shameful about the whole episode is the dirty politics being played by PDP governors. Benue people don’t be fooled by the crocodile tears by the PDP governors.
Like someone rightly observed, in the past three months, more people have been killed in Taraba than in Benue but I didn’t see Rivers State governor, Nyelsom Wike going to commiserate with his fellow PDP governor in Taraba. Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose who is also the chairman of PDP Governors Forum didn’t visit Taraba where his colleague had been battling with deaths .
Unconfirmed reports said over 500 people have been killed in Taraba but the media are not even reporting the killings in Taraba. The southern media have conveniently not been reporting the massacre in the Mambilla Plateau.
I want to see Wike and Fayose going to Taraba to commiserate with governor Ishaka, or are the people in Taraba not human beings? We should stop playing politics with deaths.
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