fulani herdsmen
fulani herdsmen

BENUE State governor, Samuel
Ortom has described the attacks on
his kinsmen by suspected Fulani
herdsmen as a declaration of total war
on people of the state.
The governor said since 2011 when
the attacks started, the state had lost
illustrious sons and daughters as well
as approximately N95billion.
The governor made these remark
on Thursday in Makurdi at the mass
burial of those recently killed by Fulani
herdsmen in Logo and Guma Local
Government Areas of the state.
Ortom, who wept profusely
while giving his speech, called on
both national and international
communities to come to the aide of the
state.
He noted that the attacks were aimed
at making the state ungovernable.
His words, “For several years, these
attackers have turned our beautiful
and endowed land into their killing
fields.
“These attacks have been intensified
with alarming devastation since 2011.
“The report of a survey conducted
by Bearua of LG and chieftaincy affairs
in the state that in 2014, among 10 of
the 23 LGAs of the state lost hundreds
of lives and incurred loses of over N95
billion.
“So far, 13 of the 23 LGAs have been
affected.
“The govt and people of the state
interpreted this clear handwriting on
the wall as an open declaration of war
on Benue State.
“Our people would not have
been massacred. It would have
been prevented because the
state government delayed the
implementation of the law until 1st Nov 2017 to give a grace period for
those who needed permits to establish
ranches.
“However, no Fulani herdsman or
woman applied for permit.
“Rather than make attempts to
comply with the law, their leaders
continued to engage in more threats to
resist the implementation.
“They also went to challenge the
legitimacy of the law and the matter is
still pending.
“The dead bore the characteristics
of Fulani militia brutality – slit throats,
deep cuts from machetes on the head,
chest, back and neck with some of their
private parts removed. It was well
planned and clinically executed
with specific targets.
“We wish to draw the attention
of the national and international
communities to the fact that Benue
state has come under a deliberate,
well planned and well funded
siege. What started in Guma and
Logo is a clear statement of the
evil and devastating plan against
the state. “Our invaders do not care
which political party we belong
to, they don’t care where we
worship. They do not care
about our age and gender. All
they care is to annihilate us, to
obliterate us from Benue Valley
so that their cattle can graze
and drink freely from rivers in
the state.
“History beckons and we
must rise to the challenge which
our forefathers confronted and
surmounted.”

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