Under the auspices of the MINDA Strategic Contact Group, MSCG, a group of Benue leaders have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill his responsibilities and safeguard all Nigerians, particularly the people of Benue, from the hands of the country’s murderous armed herdsmen.
Senator George Akume, the Minister for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, was also encouraged by the group to speak out against herdsmen killings in the state.
Dr. Tivlumun Nyitse, a retired Permanent Secretary and former governorship aspirant, addressed the media in Makurdi over the weekend, aligning himself with Governor Samuel Ortom on his persistent outcry over herdsmen killings in the state and his call for equity, fairness, and justice in the country.
They claimed that, contrary to Senator Akume’s charges, the Governor was acting in the best interests of the people and in accordance with the oath he took upon taking office to guarantee the safety of the lives and property of the people of the state.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we stand in solidarity with Governor Ortom, the government, and the people of Benue State in demanding that President Muhamma rise to his duties as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to protect all Nigerians from whatever form of insecurity, irrespective of tribe, religion, or sex, and in particular farmers in Benue State,” the leaders said.
They demanded President Buhari to “order security forces to apprehend and prosecute those guilty for these terrible atrocities,” and they appeared to threaten to plunge Nigeria into civil war.
“How much would it cost the President of Nigeria to task the Nigerian military, which is famed for its sterling professionalism when given the necessary environment to function, as well as all security services, with hunting down the perpetrators and perpetuators of those heinous killings?
“As a Benue state stakeholder and statesman, Senator Akume should also try to contribute his fair share to resolving the herders/farmers issue. And, as a true representation of the people in the nation’s halls of power, the Senator should work with Governor Ortom to bring progress to the people of Benue, rather than aligning with nefarious groups to destabilize the state he previously ruled for eight years.”