A group under the aegis of Opiatoha K’Idoma in Benue state has kicked against and faulted the position of the Northern governors on the activities of Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the country.
The group said the governors’ claim that the herdsmen were not behind the recent massacre of hundreds of persons in Agatu local government area of Benue State was very unfortunate.
While faulting the governors’ position, the group cautioned that such statements on a sensitive issue like the mindless killing of innocent Nigerians by the herdsmen should be handled with utmost care.
Chief Adoka Adaji, the Secretary General of the group while addressing newsmen in Makurdi, maintained that the herdsmen, who masterminded the mass killings were criminals and should be treated as such.
He said, ”anyone or group of persons who engage in the wanton destruction of lives and properties of innocent and defenceless Nigerians like the Fulani herdsmen are at present perpetrating across the country, ought to be treated as criminals. You don’t visit the home of another and unleash mayhem on the people”.
He also added that, “Fulani herdsmen cannot be defended or exonerated in this matter. Anybody exonerating them of the mass killings that we are all witnessing in parts of the country is not helping the situation. This not the time to apportion blames, even though the herdsmen are also trying to put up a defense, we must all, as a matter of priority, seek for ways of bring the crisis to an end before it snowballs into something else”.
He stressed that, “Though the Benue state Acting Governor, Benson Abounu has come out to debunk claims that the Northern Governors in their last meeting tried to shield the herdsmen from blame, we urge the federal government to take decisive steps to end these killings.”