Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government was paying deaf ears to the incessant killing of innocent Nigerians.
The Governor, who bared his mind in an interview with reporters, on Tuesday, at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, following the attacks on two communities in the State where more than 24 persons were killed in their sleep by militia Fulani herdsmen, said, “enough is enough.”
Suspected Fulani herdsmen had invaded and killed 8 persons in Mbadwem, Guma Local Government and 16 in Tiortyu, a sprawling settlement in Tarka Local Government, along Makurdi-Gboko road.
Governor Ortom, who was livid with anger, described the attacks as “unfortunate and the height of impunity.”
He accused the APC Government led by President Buhari of paying deaf ears and lip service to his cries and that of Benue people “as the herdsmen continue to invade our communities and kill innocent people.”
The Governor recalled how he had always alerted Nigerians and the Federal Government on the murderous activities of the Fulani terrorists for many years, “yet they didn’t believe me. Now, they are gradually taking over every space in the country. We are now sharing our sovereignty with terrorists.”
Governor Ortom alleged that the plan of the herdsmen and their sponsors was to send the people away from their ancestral homes and take over the lands and cause confusion in the country so that the forthcoming elections may not hold.
In his words, “I suspect that very soon, some States will be completely taken over by these Fulani men called bandits. I suspect that very soon even the Presidential Villa will be handed over to them. I suspect strongly that this is their plan and so nobody should deceive me.”
The governor said he is old enough to understand the agenda of the terrorist Fulani against Nigeria, because as he puts it, “it is a plan to hand over to these Fulani men who are called bandits so there will be no election”.
He appealed to good-spirited Fulani men and those who have the ears of the President to impress on him to stop the evil going on in the country.
He warned that if nothing was done, the people would resort to self help which would throw the country into anarchy.