Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has called on the Federal Government to rise up to its responsibility by ordering the arrest of the leadership of Myetti-Allah Kauatal Hore – the umbrella body for cattle breeders.
The governor made the call against the backdrop of Tuesday’s protests in Makurdi, the state capital by aggrieved youths over the recent mass killings of rural dwellers in the state by suspected herdsmen.
Ortom, whose convoy was pelted with dangerous objects by the protesters when he went to appease them yesterday, accused the leadership of the cattle breeders of being behind the renewed mayhem on the rural people of Guma and Logo.
He said, “You can feel the anger and pain of the people from the incident that happened this afternoon. We can’t solve this problem by creating another because two wrongs cannot make a right”.
The governor, who had earlier said the blood of the people killed in the attacks was on the hands of the Federal Government, warned that failure to arrest those behind the bloodshed will be interpreted as Benue State no longer being a part of Nigeria.
“The right thing for the federal government to do is to rise up to its responsibility and arrest the leadership of Kautal Hore. If the federal government does not do that, then, they are telling us (Benue) that we are not part of Nigeria and that would be unfortunate”, Gov. Ortom said.