Herdsmen Attacks On Benue Are Acts Of Vengeance For Losing 1804 Jihad, Says Ortom
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said the incessant attacks on his state by Fulani herdsmen is an act of vengeance for losing the 1804 Jihad.
The governor said this during a television programme at the weekend.
According to him, Benue people stopped the Fulanis from penetrating the state through Sokoto.
He also disclosed that he invited President Muhammadu Buhari to come to Benue after 73 indigenes were killed on New year day to condole with the people but the president didn’t honour the invitation.
“We invited the president when we visited him in Abuja; that he should come to Benue state and extend his condolences to his people. Because we are members of the party, he is our president. If these people are attacking us, we expect him to give us security.
“He has done a number of things. He directed NEMA to provide relief materials, he also asked for security to be beefed up but I am not satisfied with what the presidency is doing on this matter. There is no doubt about that.
“I ask for justice for Benue people because we have not been treated fairly… These herdsmen militia even killed policemen. The herdmen have gone beyond grazing. It’s about taking over our lands. For now, my primary concern is to stop these killings; to ensure that the Internally Displaced Persons go back to their homes and live peacefully. Once that is done, we can talk about other things.
“I don’t care about what happens tomorrow. Even if I am not governor, I can stay back and fight for the right of my people.”