TIV AREA Traditional Council,
TATC, has told President
Muhammadu Buhari that he
would not get a single vote in
the state in 2019. They said if
“he loves his political future,” he
should put a lasting solution to
the ongoing killings in the state by
Fulani herdsmen.
The pan-cultural organisation
gave the warning while rejecting
the decision by the Federal
Government to designate cattle
colonies in different parts of the
country.
Speaking on Tuesday, the legal
adviser of TATC, Chief Edward
Ashiekaa, also disclosed that the
orgnisation has concluded plans
to report to the global community
and International Criminal Court,
ICC, the atrocities of Fulani
herdsmen, including the recent
killings of natives in Benue State.
Ashiekaa said, “Of course,
Buhari is a Fulani man, he has
cattle. But if he loves his political
future, he should tackle this
matter and bring a solution once
and for all because Benue state
voted massively for him (in 2015);
now, if he contests again (in 2019) and vote is cast, he will get zero
vote from Benue State.
“The law has come into being,
it has prohibited open-grazing
and every citizen must obey this
law. The law has also protected
cattle owners by prohibiting
cattle rustling and providing stiff
penalties. The cattle herders are
bent on disobeying these laws.
“The international community
has to come into it. We are going
to the Embassies, United Nations
and even the International
Criminal Court to ventilate our
grievances. We are taking bold
steps to inform the world that we
are law abiding citizens. We have
no capacity to fight the Fulani
herdsmen; knowing the type of
sophisticated weapons they have,
our rural people cannot fight
them. We want to win this war at
the battle front, we don’t have the
capacity to do that. We will win it
at the international level and at the
federal level.”
Ashiekaa noted that the position
of Benue State House of Assembly
on anti-Open Grazing Bill enacted
was very clear.
He dared the Federal
Government to explain what it
meant by “cattle colonies,” when,
the state government had enacted
laws prohibiting open grazing,
which was resisted by the Miyetti
Allah Cattle Breeders Association
with serious threats.
Ashiekaa said, “The Federal
Government has no right to enact
the law nullifying the law which
has been enacted by the Benue
state government. Under the
constitution, they don’t have the
right. As of now the Benue state
government has enacted laws
prohibiting open grazing. If you
bring the aspect of cattle colony
and it fits into our definition of
ranching, we will accept it. But
as of now there is no definition of
cattle colony.
“Miyetti Allah has come out
severally to say they will disobey
the law; they don’t recognise
the law, the law is against their
interest, so they will not obey it.
Have you ever heard of such a
thing in this country? The issue
is whether or not the Benue State
House of Assembly as a legislature
has a right to enact the law that it
did.” The organization also faulted
the declaration by the Inspector
General of Police, Idris Ibrahim
that the recent killing in the state
was a mere communal clash.
“Does he know what
communal is? The man is
highly educated, otherwise
he wouldn’t have risen to the
position of IGP. But the whole
world know that they are
Fulani herdsmen, some are not
even Nigerians but brought in
just to create problems for the
people and you are calling it
communal clashes! The man
should withdraw that statement
and state the fact. As I am still
talking to you there are still
clashes ongoing between the
herdsmen and the local people
who are helpless, they are not
armed.
“You will recall that at the
inception of the Samuel Ortom’s
administration in Benue State,
he pleaded with the hoodlums
to surrender their weapons
under an amnesty program.
It is even painful to say that
President Muhammadu Buhari
is involved in it,” he said.

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