Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari led government had demonstrated capacity with the arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu; and Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho), but hasn’t done anything to arrest Fulani militia attacking the state and other parts of the country.
Ortom thus, challenged the Buhari government to go after bandits and Fulani militiamen killing, raping and kidnapping people all over the country with the same gusto it used to pursue separatists.
The governor who spoke while appearing on Channels TV on Monday, alleged that Fulani militiamen had consistently targeted his state because he banned open grazing.
He lamented that over 1.5 million persons have been displaced in Benue State due to the attacks by marauders, noting that the All Progressives Congress administration has failed in all spheres of governance.
“I see a lot of lack of commitment on the part of the Federal Government in ensuring that we have security in this country. I will give an example: recently, the Federal Government has demonstrated the capacity by going after Nnamdi Kanu, who was leading IPOB. I am told he was even arrested in a foreign land with the cooperation of Interpol and so on,” he said.
“I heard that Sunday Igboho has been arrested. With that kind of commitment, it shows that the Federal Government has the capacity.
“Today, bandits, Fulani militia are terrorising the entire country, the country is in disarray and these Fulani militia have come out with video clips and they have identified where they are. It was amazing that a top government official comes out to say that the Fulani militias are invisible. How? Are they spirits? Why is the government not going after these Fulani militias and bandits that are terrorising the entire country and terrorising my state?
“Just two days ago, two humanitarian workers were gunned down in my own village by these Fulani militias and their phones taken away. And the Fulani militias took the phones and when one of their (victims’) brothers called, they confirmed that they had killed them and they are in possession of their phones and that they should tell me to repeal the prohibition of open grazing otherwise they have the right to continue to kill since I said there would be no open grazing in Benue State.
“These people who are here, who are calling themselves bandits and are kidnapping our children from school, who are calling themselves Fulani militia and are killing people, driving them from their lands and taking over, why is the Federal Government not going after them like they went after Sunday Igboho and went after Nnamdi Kanu?” he inquired.