PDP mourns as Benue buries victims of herdsmen attack

PDP mourns as Benue buries victims of herdsmen attack

"Benue people sacrificed blood for the unity of this country and will not allow a section of Fulani herdsmen to kill our people in cold blood".

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.

"We are capable of raising a million people to defend our land if nothing is done to stop the killings. I am the spiritual and ancestral leader of the Tiv nation; enough is enough".

Many of them blame the Federal Government of Nigeria who they said has continued to fail them, leading to herdsmen killing them with reckless abandonment time after time.

He, therefore, charged the Federal Government to rise up to the occasion and stop state sponsorship of militias from festering as the outcome of it would fall on its head, and consequently called on it to deploy the military to the two states to suppress activities of militias. "We can not allow people to colonise us again, we have all it takes to do that". Gen. Lawrence Onoja (retd.), said he will throw his weight behind the "Tiv-Army" if the Federal Government fails in its part to protect the Benue people. What we found out has been corroborated by the confessions of the members of the (Benue State) Civilian JTF on national television. "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", he said.

"The FG and the Benue State government should also open talks directly with the herdsmen who live in the bush than relying on negotiations with the leadership of the Fulani herdsmen in order to get to the root cause of their grievances".

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

The National Chairman of the group, Honourable Kassim Mohammad Kassim, who briefed newsmen in Owerri, Imo State, declared that the comments of the Ekiti State Governor on the herdsmen killings and other national security issues were inciting and unbecoming of a leader.

"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".

He appealed to people living in Benue communities not to take the law into their own hands, but follow the path of peace and reconciliation.

In a condolence message posted on its official Twitter Handle, the party sympathized with the government and people of Benue State and called for the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of the evil act. This is because we want to abide by the law.

Earlier in his funeral oration, the Catholic Bishop of Gboko Diocese, Most Rev. Williams Avenya, prayed for the repose of the souls of the dead and called for prayers for the survivors of the attacks.

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