A notable pro-democracy and Non-governmental body – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has faulted the reported claim by the Department of State Services (DSS) which accused Islamic state terrorists of the Benue killings. HURIWA said the claim coming nearly twenty four months after the international media reported the affiliation of the breakaway faction of Boko Haram terror network with the then Iraq and Syria based global terror network known as Islamic state, is unwarranted and suspicious. The Rights group has therefore tasked the Benue state government to set up a judicial panel of inquiry on the widespread killings by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen even as the National Assembly should organize a transparent, open and an independent in
The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the federal government of Nigeria to end the deadly attacks in Benue and other states of the federation. The House noted that herdsmen had succeeded in painting the country red with the blood of innocent citizens. In a motion by Babatunde Kolawole and Benue state caucus of the House led by the member representing Guma/Makurdi federal constituency, Dickson Tarkhighir, the house mandated an ad hoc committee to conduct a public hearing to hear from both sides and proffer a lasting solution. Presenting the motion, Mr. Kolawole said scores of farmers have been killed in attacks, including women and children, a development that has brought a great sense of insecurity and distrust among ethnic groups, thus raising a spec...
The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has claimed that Fulani herdsmen have sponsors. This was contained in his sermon preached on Sunday, 14th January 2018. In the video, an evidently angry Suleman spoke about the killings in Benue state and the federal government’s nonchalant attitude to the crisis. “When something happens once, it can be termed an accident. When it happens twice, it can be seen as a coincidence. “When it happens thrice, it is a program. When it happens a fourth time, it is an agenda. It happens a fifth time, it definitely has sponsors,” he said. The cleric ended the sermon by leading his church members in a series of violent prayers against the sponsors of the Benue killings.
The Igede people of Benue State in Anambra and Delta states have berated the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly shielding Fulani herdsmen from facing the wrath of the law over obvious terrorist activities. The ethnic group also faulted the government over its lack of interest and inability to take commensurate action against the incessant killing of people by herdsmen. A patron of Ominy Igede Anambra /Delta States and immediate past President General of the association, Chief Patrick Akobo, in a statement in Onitsha, described the latest killing of over 73 people in Benue State by the herdsmen as a “killing beyond pardon and an affront to an average Benue man and woman.” Chief Akobo urged President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a special
Senator Abu Ibrahim representing Katsina South Senatorial district has given a hint on those responsible for herdsmen attack on communities in Benue and Taraba states. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, speaking with newsmen on Thursday said Boko Haram insurgents or Libyan soldiers could be responsible for the attacks. He noted that Fulani herdsmen are not able to handle sophisticated weapons used in executing attacks, thereby calling for thorough investigation. “We have to seriously investigate this. A normal Fulani man is not known to carry AK47. The security agencies should probe whether the defeated Boko Haram insurgents were involved; whether the Gaddafi phenomenon has spilled over to Nigeria. “It should be considere
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday came under attack over his failure to attend the mass burial for the victims of the Benue herdsmen killings. President Buhari on Thursday shared a post on his official twitter page congratulating the winner of his 2017 greeting card competition. Buhari wrote “Let me specially thank @Michael_CXT, whose submission inspired the final design of my 2017 Season’s Greetings Card. He won the open competition @NGRPresident organized to design the Card. I congratulate him, and wish him the best in his future endeavour.” This did not go down well with Nigerians as some attacked the president for prioritising trivial matter, while Nigerians were being slaughtered. Although some applauded him for recognising the talent in the designer of the card, othe
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has vowed not to repeal the anti-grazing law. Ortom, speaking at the mass burial for 73 victims of herdsmen attacks in Makurdi, insisted that his administration would not be intimidated by threats. The law, among other things, prohibits the movement of livestock on foot within the state. Defending his action, Ortom stated that “it is the best way to go and it is in conformity with global best practices”. The Governor also blamed the “silence” of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for the killings. He lamented that if the federal government had acted on the reports he gave it concerning the threats of attacks by the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, the killings would have been averted. He also called for the arrest of the leadership
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Wednesday accused the British Broadcasting Corporation, Cable Network News, Al Jazeera and other foreign media of conspiracy of silence in the reportage of killings by herdsmen in most Nigerian communities. The group also blamed the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration for taking the continuous killings of the Fulani herdsmen as normal IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, in a statement said the media houses’ under reportage of the killings was part of the international conspiracy to subdue non-Muslims. IPOB, however, condemned the recent killings in Rivers and Benue states, adding that the group wondered why the Federal Government was reluctant to deploy soldiers in Benue, Taraba and Kaduna states where herdsmen h
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari was acting like former President, Goodluck Jonathan in his handling of the activities of Fulani herdsmen across Nigeria. While insisting that the President is handling the continued killings of farmers with kids’-glove, the poet pointed out that Jonathan did same with Boko Haram, leading to its subsequent escalation. The Playwright wondered why the Buhari-led government had not considered some of the suggestions which stakeholders recommended as a solution to the crisis. In an article on Wednesday, titled ‘Impunity rides again through killer herdsmen’, Soyinka stated that the herdsmen have declared war against Nigeria. He recalled that afte,r “a hideous massacre” perpetrated by the herdsmen in 2016, a
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Femi Fani-Kayode, has lamented the long absence of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, from the public scene. He said Nigerians needed the former Radio Biafra boss more than ever.. Kanu went missing last year after the Nigerian Army launched Operation Python Dance to curtail the activities of the pro-Biafra agitators. The former Minister of Aviation in a Facebook post, expressed hopes that Kanu, whom he described as Lion of the eastern Nigeria, will surely roar again. He wrote, “How I miss you brother. We need you now more than ever before. Wherever you are and whatever they did to you, you shall live forever. “Your sun shall never set but it shall rise again. Your courage and love for your peopl