Buhari speaks on Benue killings

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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over the reported killings, injury of several persons and wanton destruction of property in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of the state in the New Year.

Mr. Ortom said on Tuesday that armed herdsmen killed over 20 and injured over 30 in Benue between Monday and Tuesday in Guma and Logo local government areas. He disclosed this while addressing journalists in Makurdi after the State Council Security Meeting.

He said that out of the number, nine were Livestock Guards who were to ensure the full implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing Law which was signed on November 1, 2017.

Mr. Ortom called on the federal government to wade into the matter so as to avert further destruction of lives and property.

The police later said on Wednesday that 17 people were killed and that eight herdsmen suspected to be among the killers had been arrested.

On Wednesday, hundreds of Benue youth protested the killings, blocking the major entry points into the state. They called for presidential intervention to forestall future attacks.

In his reaction, Mr. Buhari, while expressing sadness at the “wicked and callous” attacks, assured the governor and people of the state that relevant security agencies have been directed to do everything possible to arrest those behind the regrettable incidents and avert further attacks.

“This is one attack too many, and everything must be done to provide security for the people in our rural communities,” he said.

Mr. Buhari also commiserated with families of the victims and wished the injured speedy healing.

Benue suffered about 20 such attacks in 2017 leading to scores of deaths. The latest attack is the first in 2018.

Attacks and counter attacks by migrant herdsmen on farming Benue communities led the state government to put the anti-open grazing law in place. The law bans open grazing in all Benue communities.


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  • Bassey Frank

    “In his reaction, Mr. Buhari, while expressing sadness at the “wicked and
    callous” attacks, assured the governor and people of the state that
    relevant security agencies have been directed to do everything possible
    to arrest those behind the regrettable incidents and avert further
    attacks.”
    TRUE TALK. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PREVIOUS KILLINGS? HOW MANY WERE ARRESTED, PROSECUTED AND PUNISHED?
    PITY.

  • growthengine

    blah blah. They know how to do operation python dance and crocodile smile in south east and south south/west. Benue na mouth

  • Okakuoofbenin

    Election campaign season is getting closer, the only reason Oga president will even bother to comment, although we know nothing will come out of his balderdash.

  • Nigeria needs a new president come 2019. Has anyone noticed other world leaders visiting their citizens during disasters? Trump was in Texas following Harvey and in Puerto Rico. Obama lent supports following every disaster. Putin visits sites of suicide attacks. Theresa May is on top of every disaster in the UK.
    Buhari, if he does anything, only issue statements. Handling of fuel scarcity was a colossal disaster. Herdsmen had killed more Nigerians than hunger and poverty.
    Nigeria needs another President in
    2019.

    • Dan Arewa

      And tell me when did GEJ ever visits Northern region Or any part of Nigeria to commensurate with the victims and dead families?

      • Kelly

        But this was supposed to be a change to better things and better way of doing things? So why lie of change when you are coming to the same thing as GEJ ??

        • Dan Arewa

          Did Buhari said he is going to visit those injured in what ever situation?

          • ima

            Forget the previous govt. They failed woefully- full stop. We voted PMB to effect positive changes not to maintain statusquo.

          • Yego V

            Don’t mind them. Buhari is struggling to see Aisha in the other room, now they want him to go to Benue. Na lie

      • olabisisho

        Is Benue state not part of the North?

        • Dan Arewa

          It is part of the North.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Are you now denying Benue as part of the north ? When politics of numbers will come you will use them as you always do……anyway the mumu of Benue people go soon end.

        • Dan Arewa

          All the Northern 19 states belong to Arewa. They are part and parcel of the Sardauna land.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Really ?…….Benue and Plateau and Kogi beg to differ, they are called middle belt.

          • Dan Arewa

            By you people agent of disunity. Don’t forget Baba Buhari have said that he will deal with you.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Is he still on his killing spree ?…….oh I AM SO SO AFRAID ,PLEASE TELL HIM TO SPARE US “AGENTS OF DISUNITY” .

          • Yego V

            Is he still alive ?

          • Dan Arewa

            Yes.

          • Otile

            Fulanis are usurpers. Only the scorpion riddled hill-lands of the Futa Jallon belongs to Saduana. The tormenting Fulanis are economic migrants from that place who used jihad as their source of living and have continued that way of life till today.

          • Dan Arewa

            Drunkard. Talking with out reasoning. Are you not a migrant from White Skin Israel from far away middle east? Shebi you said you be Jew. Or you want change origin now?

      • Otile

        Jonathan did not incite people to kill anybody for him, he did not empower soldiers to cut the heads of his
        perceived enemies. Fulani violence has been around before he was born. trying to end it is like asking for world peace. Muslims will never agree to world peace.

        • Dan Arewa

          For you information, most Fulani have no basic Islamic Education and almost 40% of Fulani in Taraba are Christians.

          • whereto

            Do you mind these confusionists who keep contradicting themselves? So now Fulani violence has been around before GEJ was born! We were earlier told it started in 2015.

          • Dan Arewa

            Go and read more about herdsmen and farmers clash. It have been happening even in Hausa land.

          • whereto

            Exactly the point in my post. You and I are on the same page here.

    • Rahman

      Are u referring to statements that are usually offerred on his behalf? Can he put any reasonable statement together? That’s why Femi Adeshina issued a condolence statement on his behalf only for him to turn around to appoint same dead person as board member. He is a confirmed dummy. On visiting disaster spots, he is no longer the type of person that can walk long distance. If you notice, his body guards always give him close marking. He is a walking shadow yet, he won’t leave power, as if it is his birth right. Shameless generation. At his age, he will go to France and be doing boy-boy to a more younger Emmanuel Macron. You can find out the age difference between Emmanuel Macron of France and his son, who just had an accident.

      • Otile

        The boy is in a secret healing place in one EU country receiving treatment for his self-inflicted injury right now.

  • Raheem

    Sure, this man cannot escape God’s wrath because innocent souls are being cut down in the prime simply because the president has chosen to remain a dummy, no action other than to condemn. His govt is reactionary. He’s is not proactive. Derailed fulani hersdmen have been killing, maiming all along but Buhari and his devilish people never saw the activities of these blood tirsty demons as wicked and as such should be stopped. He can send troops to go for show of force in the east, west, but will never do same to these marauding beast. God will definiately judge him and his family. His condemnation is worthless.

  • de Gea Messi

    Did he say this himself..or garba shehu just Cobled this together on his behalf as usual?
    Fuel scarcity..silence
    MainaGate..silence
    KachikwuGate..silence
    H.O.S pointed in his direction..loud silence.
    How can a president be so anonymous???

    • Otile

      He is not anonymous. Do you want him to condemn himself, the evil doers are working for him, and he is not about to disown them.

  • obiora

    What is he talking are they (herdesmen) not his workers. Are the Cows not his Cows?. Fulani Tribe has been Evil from Generations.

  • Iliya paul

    PEOPLE SHOULD START BUYING ARMS TO DEFEND THEMSELVES .(FIRE FOR FIRE)THE ONLY WAY OUT

  • Kelly

    Do I have any sign of pity for Benue People, the answer is NO… They know their killers and willingly serve them, so why should I break my head when a master decides to use a submissive servant for pepper soup. They will still vote massively for Buhari in 2019 and more people will be killed.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Election is coming and Buhari is talking …ha….ha….ha.

    • Olusola

      Buhari cannot win anything!

  • Liberty

    Regarding the unabating arson and gruesome murders that are perpetrated by herdsmen, I am of strong conviction that President Muhammadu Buhari is indifferent to the plights of victims.

  • Izedomi Ohirein

    What amazes me the most is that Nigeria Police will wait for presidential orders to do their job. Why this eye service?.

    • Otile

      For them it will be too hasty to intervene before Imam gives the order. If the Fulanis are slaughtering people you know the police will have to wait until they finish their actions and wait to hear what Imam has to say. Imam has already ordered that no retaliation whatsoever should take place. You can be sure that if a Fulani dies during the violence Sultan will not take it lightly, and with the way the country finds itself now genocide can break out. Don’t blame the Police in this case, they take orders from Buhari and his appointees.

      • sympa

        Imam?

        • Paschal Charles

          YES

          • sympa

            So that makes Jonathan and Obasanjo pastors eh?

      • Izedomi Ohirein

        Imams did not elect Buhari President of Nigeria. We did and reserve the right to hold him accountable.
        The Police don’t need Buhari or anyone’s permission to arrest and prosecute fulani herdsmen killers.

        Lets hold the Police & the interior minister accountable and let them tell us why they are failing to arrest and prosecute fulani herdsmen killers. Not Buhari who has already delegated those duties.

        • whereto

          The person you are communicating with is part of the problem. All those who insist on politicising what is essentially a conflict over land resources are a major part of the problem.
          The security dimension is only one part of the solution. But it’s really useless to focus on just the security aspect. We simply do not have enough properly trained and equipped police and military (these are virtually overstretched) to cover all the bushes and illegal border crossing points.
          Any proper desire for solutions would be looking at how to provide for the herdsmen and farmers. Huge economic activities can be generated around clustering of herdsmen in some of the numerous bushes which are currently not utilized and not policed. Abattoirs, tanning, dairy etc industries will grow from there. Banning one group is effectively trying to criminalize millions of people. What you’ll get is avoidable problems.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            Correction, it is a clash of agrarian and nomadic culture. It has nothing to do with Land.

            Your right ends, when it infringes on other peoples rights.

            No one has a right to set his cattles on other peoples farm or kill.

            Apart from Buhari, confused about how to handle these things, because he is a Fulani cattle owner, I blame the Minister of Interior, IGP, The National Assembly and State governors for the fulani herdsmen problem to drag on.
            Every State governor has the power to ban open grazing and compel the Police to uphold the Law.
            There used to be open grazing in London. Only a mad man will suggest that it should be allowed in London today.

          • whereto

            My friend, there is no correction here. Clash of cultures is something informed people can easily agree on. Note the clash is not over dressing. It’s over Land and how each group would prefer to use it.
            We are also not discussing rights. That we can also agree on.
            Keep the emotions aside. I know it’s hard to do in a matter involving lives.
            What we need to do is to encourage the leaders you have already mentioned to adopt a reasoned approach. If people begin to see there can be huge economic gains for all parties, then perhaps, we can begin to have a proper discussion and make progress towards solving this problem.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            Fayose took the right decision in the interest of his people.
            I recommend more drastic measure to other governors. No one should tell me to allow his tribesmen to be killing my tribesmen.
            The Police don’t need Buhari’s approval to arrest fulani herdsmen criminals and killers.

          • whereto

            Fayose played to the gallery as usual. The surprise is that so many reasonable people have fallen for his antics.
            Comparing Ekiti to the middle belt or far north is like comparing night and day. The intensity levels are that different.
            Southern states like anambra and oyo have managed the issue very effectively without taking an axe to any of our faultlines.
            The ultimate solution has to be a plan which allows all parties benefit from the enormous economic potential which exists in that business. A trip around Nigeria reveals huge forrests everywhere and yet, people are being killed in avoidable conflicts. Total waste.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            I am not a fan of fayose. I think he did what was right by his people.
            Cartles are best kept in Ranches, not on the streets, in other people’s farms or in children’s classrooms.
            Buhari has failed to live up to his responsibility towards non fulanis in this dispute.

          • whereto

            By the same token, we can also argue that all leaders since abacha have failed. The mistake we keep making is to think the president alone should solve all our problems.
            You obviously consider this a very serious problem and I agree completely. Where we differ is that I do not believe the hammer approach favoured by the” angry ” group is the way to go.
            Ranching is a 21st century approach. You can’t realistically move our herders from perhaps the 17th century into modern times with a wave of the hand. This also applies to millions of our farmers who still operate at subsistence levels.
            Remember we are yet to eliminate Boko Haram after almost ten years. I hope we don’t blunder into providing them a fresh army of about 15m people.
            There are level headed solutions, some of which I mentioned earlier.
            Let’s move the discussion towards these solutions if we expect our leaders to be in a position to be effective.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            No Sir,
            Ranching was going on before Nigeria was colonised. Bendel -(Edo/Delta) had Ranches at Igara, Ubiaja and Ireolegbo in the 1970’s.
            Every State government should ban open grazing and establish Ranches, which could be used to generate Solar Electricity. Ranching is not rocket science.
            Nigerian Goat are ranched in UK & USA etc as a brand name.

          • whereto

            With five to ten million active herdsmen and an even higher number of cattle and other smaller animals, I don’t think your approach is realistic. However ,I would treat your position as the endgame we should strive towards.
            I just hope we can move discussions on serious issues in these sort of productive directions.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            Nigeria owns only 1.36% = 20million Cattles according FAO..
            Brazil owns 217million heads of Cattles.
            Brazilian, USA and European Cattles are kept in Ranches and on the streets.
            Primitive ways of doing things are always the most inefficient ways

            To me, every southern state should ban open grazing and encourage cattle ranching.

    • Olatubosun

      You lie….

      Is bcoz they dont know their duty

      • Izedomi Ohirein

        Please educate me, why the police can not arrest and jail fulani herdsmen killers without orders from the President.
        Killing is still a capital offence in Nigeria.

  • Olatubosun

    President Mohammadu Buhari is working hard to uplift this country of ours

  • ott

    This is a summary of some of the acts of these so called mere criminals

    July 2012: Senator Gyang Dantong and the Majority Leader of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr. Gyang Fulani were killed while attending the mass burial of about 50 victims of attack by Fulani herdsmen on villages in Barkin Ladi and Riyom local government areas of the state. The two lawmakers were reportedly gunned down at Maseh village in Riyom LGA, where over 50 victims of the attack were being buried. The gunmen reportedly stormed the venue and opened fire on those present, causing more deaths.
    March 2014: Gabriel Suswam, former governor of Benue State, narrowly escaped death, when his convoy was ambushed by suspected Fulani mercenaries, who engaged his security men in a gun duel at Tee-Akanyi village, Guma local government area of Benue state. Suswam, while addressing the community lamented the endless attacks on the people of the state by Fulani herdsmen.
    April 2015: Attack on Galadima village, Zamfara State by Fulani herdsmen led to the death of about 30 persons. Another attack by the group, led to the death of 200 persons in the state. It was gathered that the attackers numbering over 70, swooped on the villagers who were at a meeting to discuss the security situation in the area.
    Farmers and villagers in Imo State also have gory tales to tell. Emotions ran high when scores of angry youths of Irete Community in the state, blocked the ever-busy Owerri-Onitsha dual carriageway to protest the damnable activities of Fulani herdsmen in their community.
    June 2015:Fulani herdsmen attacked Motokun village, Patigi Local Government Area, Kwara State. The Oro-Ago community in Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state was also attacked.
    Fulani herdsmen attacked Ninji and Ropp villages in Plateau State and killed 27 persons. Also, the same group reportedly murdered about 70 Christians.
    September 2015: An attack by some Fulani herdsmen on the community of Onitsha Ukwuani in Ndokwa West local government area of Delta State left about three persons dead. According to report, trouble erupted when the herdsmen allowed their cattle to stray into the community farmlands, destroying a lot of crops in the process, in an attempt to protect their farmlands from the suspected herdsmen, the three villagers were killed. Similar attack was carried out against Oghonogbo community, a boundary between Edo and Delta State.
    A middle-aged woman was raped and subsequently killed by three Fulani herdsmen in Edo state. The woman was accosted by the suspects while returning from farm at Odighi village in Ovia North East Local Government alongside her 18-year-old son. The son was said to have escaped, while she was caught and raped to death.
    November 2015: The herdsmen invaded Ulaja and Ojeh communities in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State and killed about 22 men and women who were either on their way to the farm or already in the farm. Similar attack was witnessed in Abejukolo, headquarters of Omala Local Government Area when Fulani herdsmen hacked a couple on their way to the farm down.
    The Fulani herdsmen kidnapped Olu Falae, National Chairman, Social Democratic Party (SDP) who was Secretary to the Government of the Federation on his 77th birthday by Fulani herdsmen. The police reportedly rescued Falae after paying a ransom of money, although Solomon Arase, the Inspector General of Police, denied the ransom.
    January 2016: Many people were killed and others wounded as Fulani herdsmen in the early hours of the day unleashed terror on three communities in Jire Local Government Area of Adamawa State. The marauding herdsmen were said to have attacked Ko, Gereng and Ndikajam communities at about 3.30 amshooting sporadically. The Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of Vunokilang Police Station in Girei Local Government Area was among those killed in the attack.
    February 2016: About 10 persons were reportedly killed in Tom-Anyiin, Tom-Ataan, Mbaya and Tombu in the Buruku Local Government Area of the state by Fulani herdsmen.
    David Mark, former Senate President escaped attack when well-armed Fulani herdsmen shot at his convoy during a visit to gauge the amount of damage meted on Agatu Local Government Area by the same Fulani people.
    Six traditional rulers in Ijebu-Igbo,Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State, raised the alarm over the alleged destruction of farmlands and the rape of women by Fulani herdsmen in the area. The monarchs said activities of the herdsmen and their cattle posed serious threat to security in the area.
    While the Ijebus were lamenting the rape of their women by Fulani herdsmen, the people of Uzo-Uwani in Enugu State were thrown into mourning on the same day when Fulani herdsmen invaded the community killing two people while 19 were declared missing. The herdsmen had earlier struck and killed an 85-year-old Tagbo Oguejiofor in Udi Local Government Area of the state. Oguejiofor was working on his farm at Oma Eke in Udi when the suspected herdsmen attacked and killed him.
    March 2016: Suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked some villages in Agatu area of Benue State, killing no fewer than 50 persons. This attack came few days after President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the setting up of a panel to find out the root cause of the attacks and proffer a lasting solution. This happened barely a week after more than 100 people were killed in the same community and security meeting held by governors of both Benue and Nasarawa states to end the clash.

    • Okokondem

      Thank you for taking time to present a detailed chronicle of these heinous and barbaric activities of the fulanis against fellow Nigerians. Yesterday, Mr Buhari delivered a speech commiserating the victims of this heinous act. That’s fine however, commiseration alone is not enough absent of bringing the perpetrators to justice and, taking concrete legislative steps to mitigate future similar actions. But don’t hold your breath.