The state Governor of Benue, Samuel Ortom of has revealed that the reason why he can’t keep quiet is because over one Million, Five Hundred Thousand (1,500,000) citizens of the State have been displaced from their ancestral homes following incessant attacks on communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Governor Ortom who has been in a war of words with the Buhari’s government over his inability to stop the security challenges facing the state and other parts of the country, accused the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of being responsible for killings in the entire nation.
The governor during a press briefing in the capital city of the state, Makurdi alleged that Miyetti Allah had vowed to continue the attack until his administration accept its anti-open grazing law which was commissioned in 2017 following clashes between herders and farmers.
He said, “I watched with dismay yesterday the utterance of Myetti Allah, an association confronting government. It is not just the state government that they are after, they are also confronting the Federal Government.
“But unfortunately, the presidency will not come out to condemn or say anything concerning what the Miyetti Allah has said because it is part of them.
“It is unfortunate, our people are dying, we have over 1.5 million Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Benue State and Miyetti Allah are coming out to claim responsibility for the killings and the pains that our people are going through. Then you will be telling me to keep quiet and not talk about it?
“Miyetti Allah has come out to say that if we don’t repeal our law, we will not know peace. Where are the security men? Where is the Federal Government? Why are they not arresting this killer group?
“This evil agenda that the Miyetti Allah has in collaboration with the Federal Government is not accepted. I commend the security agencies in Benue State, you have been doing your best in the State.”