Lai Mohammed speaks on Benue killings

Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo: Daily Trust]

The Federal Government has appealed to the media and public commentators to exercise utmost restraint in their coverage of the fallouts of the recent farmers/herders’ clash in Benue.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, who made the appeal in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, cautioned against “incendiary comments, unrestrained use of pictures and footages that offend human sensibilities” in the coverage of the crisis.

The Minister also cautioned against “finger pointing” that could exacerbate the situation and complicate ongoing efforts by the Federal Government to end the crisis.

He said the media and commentators should be cautious of their coverage in order not to further inflame passion and worsen the situation.

Mr. Mohammed said the government is working hard to address the situation with a view to preventing a recurrence, not just in Benue State but everywhere across the country.

“Lest we are misunderstood, we are neither saying the media should not cover the crisis nor asking public commentators to desist from commenting on it.

“All we are saying is that both must be circumspect.

“The current poisoned atmosphere of incendiary comments, unrestrained use of pictures and footages that offend human sensibilities as well as finger pointing can only exacerbate the situation and complicate ongoing efforts to end the crisis,” he said.

The Minister said the government was saddened by the loss of lives and the destruction of property resulting from the crisis.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari, in commiserating with the Benue Governor, unreservedly condemned the killings.

He said the president had also assured of the necessary security measures to prevent further attacks and bring the perpetrators to book.

Mr. Mohammed said the government had mapped out short and long-term solutions to the incessant clashes, including a planned conference of stakeholders.

He assured of the government’s strong determination to find a lasting solution to the farmers/herders’ clashes.(NAN)


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  • Oguntade

    People must know the truth, Mr lai Muhammad. The truth and nothing but the truth. And using this medium to warn Mr faparusi to desist from campaigning for cow colonies in the south or else, he and his cohort will die miserably with them generation to generation unborn. Has his dullard brain forgot that fulanis, are like virus, you give them a little space, then they wanna claim the whole body. Anybody campaigning for cow colonies in the west will perish suddenly

    • taiwo

      Amen

    • taiwo

      Fulani man must never be allowed into high position of authority again in Nigeria

  • Julius

    No sir, the best thing you can say is tell us exactly what you are doing and the next plan to stop these terrorists from killing the innocent people . After that, you can say what you want..right now, I don’t wanna hear some warnings. Do the needful, send soldiers after them, they are not heardsmen, they are bk.

    • Gbola

      That’s my concern.

      The murderers aren’t with a herd of cattle when they commit murder.
      So how do the villagers identify the perpetrators of the murders as herdsmen.

      For all I care, they could be Boko Haram.

      But it appears because Buhari is a herdsman, it’s easier to label all murderers and Rapists in Benue state as “Herdsmen”.

      Herdsmen without a herd of cattle. But nonetheless “Herdsmen”.

      For me, the senseless killings have to stop. I could careless of the identity OR Ethnic group of the murderers as long as theyre arrested.

      May God save us !!

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        You are indeed more informed than the Benue people on the ground abi ? keep supporting evil, it might be your turn next, keep playing lawyer for mass killers.

        Buhari and his Fulani federal government do not arrest or prosecute herdsmen as a matter of policy. They might do gra-gra but they are generally set them free while extra-judicial executions is the standard practice in the SS and SE.

      • Justice and Fairness

        Even when the so called Myetti Allah (Protected group) hve come out to warn the Governor until he repeals the anti-grazing law, the killing wont stop. Abi na human beings dey graze? Senseless, callous, tribalistic commentator

      • KELLOGGS

        For you, the senseless killings have to stop, for me, I WANT JUSTICE, AND IF NOT, REVENGE, FOR THE ONES THAT THEY HAVE COMMITTED ALREADY.

      • Julius

        Amen !!. Well ,you know how we are as Nigerians…we go along with any bad about who we dislike. I agree with you, just go after them and arrest them…It’s all about Buhari with some of these fake sympathisers…they could care less.

  • Bassey Frank

    Don’t waste your time blabbing. Just blame Goodluck Jonathan, like the dullard Femi Adesina, and go and rest.

    • Olatubosun

      You are sick

      • Bassey Frank

        … And my “sickness” attracted your leprous comment .

  • Mentus

    I may be mistaken but I presume this is the first time we are hearing from the Information minister since the Benue Massacre. And only because he wants to warn everybody, including the media. What a shame! A mass burial of Nigeria citizens took place on Thursday and neither the president, nor his vice, nor Lai made a statement never mind attend the funeral and almost two weeks after the massacre Lai has found his voice. All I can say is Nigerian politics harbours the most heartless, selfish, conscienceless, and godless individuals on earth.
    God have mercy!

  • Lord

    I wish there could be young men who can come up with the zeal to fight for their rights and also speak out as warriors and dance to the music that has been played to my great tiv nation…worlds can’t explain how I feel for this ruthless and dangerous act that has come upon us the #benuetribes I believe and pray to God for mercies for our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives for something they know not of…
    @Mohammedubuhari his excellency I can’t say order wise to the president because I can’t be a president and not be a good leader to my people, I don’t know if its old age but all I have to say is you came to change the situation of this country but only to make us suffer in poverty,sickness and death no matter what it is we are your people we need you anytime, any minute and anywhere as far as Nigeria is concern when called upon… You can’t pretend that you’ve not heard about what has been going on in Benue State but only to take action before and after a protest and you only send troops to Benue state only for a cover up…so I know and my thoughts goes dos…by the way election is at the corner (let’s just send troops let the Benue people know that I care)…so that they can vote me for the second term…
    We are the tiv people #benuetribes we reside the whole of Benue State and we are strong to fault we believe what our hands can bring for this great nation Nigeria… our lands are ours and we are Benue proud, Benue born and Benue make… Thank you

    WARNING:
    Nobody in Benue State #Benuetribes should ever cast a vote for president Mohammedu Buhari…

    REASON:
    The president is not really ready to govern this great nation Nigeria…
    The president doesn’t know about most of the situations thats going on in this country…
    The president lied to this great nation that he was well in good health…
    The president has been slow in commission in projects…no project self..
    The president has no choice to make when it comes to the fulanis…
    The president is old in mentality…
    The president is president because we never had a choice/suitor for running this country that period he was immerge president…
    The president can’t even control his home especially his son from the harm of a power bike cruse at night…

    With sincerity of heart president Buhari should go and disappear with immediate infect…
    May the lord through Jesus Christ help this great nation in JESUS NAME.Amen.

  • fidelis auve

    Lai Mohammed doesn’t care about Tiv because we are Christians, they only care about position and politics ,and not human lives. To him, we should just shut up our mouth and live with it than address the root causes of this Jihad.

  • Otile

    After this_stupid warning Lair Mohammed will follow up by unleashing his paid touts to insult commentators from the South South and South East. Look out for scoundrels such as: Kay Soyemi(fake esq), Bunmi(fake dr), Patrick Awosan(fake dr), tundemash, ola, tunde, woman leader1, and the motley lot.

  • David Puff

    I have decided to pay no mind to ‘cheap talks’ from FG.
    Buhari you have done your ‘beat’ on fighting corruption and i sincerely appreciate your efforts, but on your lackadaisical attitude towards the mindless killings by rampaging KILLERS fulani herdsmen, I DENOUNCE you & APC.
    I choose not to forget the massacres in Southern Kaduna,
    Numan in Adamawa,
    also in Benue state etc..
    I encourage decent minded Nigerians not to also forget these killings on Presidential election day in 2019 as we cast our votes..
    I will stand under rain/sun on election day, no matter lengthy queues…
    I will vote against you & APC exactly the way i voted against PDP in 2015 elections..

    • Olatubosun

      Buhari is uplifting this country of ours….
      The problem of herdsmen that we are facing now, we also face it during Jonathan regime……

      • woman leader1

        Very true

      • dele20

        The problem of herdsmen was even worse during the previous government.

      • Kola Koleola

        What a lame excuse… So what’s the use of voting in Buhari? If the wrongs of the past which he promised to deal with as former military man still persist under his watch?
        Your do no wrong, Buhari is just a waste of space, A JOKE!
        You must be ashamed that you can even scribble this ….in your own words…..”The problem of herdsmen that we are facing now, we also face it during Jonathan regime……”

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    What Nigerians want is justice …..how many herdsmen have you arrested and prosecuted for that mass murder ? The middle belt had better wake up and stop lining behind these blood thirsty brutes during elections, join the south and unite against tyranny.

  • sympa

    I think sometimes this guy just feels like talking

  • Justice and Fairness

    What a country! Rather than checkmating the killers and bringing them to book. You are cautioning onlookers. We only get to hear of Buhari’s commiseration through third parties. Hail our Almighty President and his tribesmen

  • man

    this govt is not in charge. they will like to violate federal character and put northerners in all critical positions like the new NIA DG, and resort to all sorts of tricks to get their way, but for security, they are always at sleep. jonathan and pdp couldn’t stop this problem too in plateau, but what difference has acn made ?? they are just like pdp. losers.

    • Olatubosun

      What are you saying

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      In case of security…apc has done well better dan any previous govt…

      • dele20

        You are correct

    • SpeakOut

      There is no party like acn , it’s show your statement are full of false information, APC has done well in security areas.

      • woman leader1

        Sure.

      • dele20

        Only if we are to be sincere, every Nigerian knows that no government has ever provided security in such a way this government has handled it

    • woman leader1

      That is not true, this government as done perfectly well in security than any government so far.

    • dele20

      Even during Jonathan things were even worse than this but this government has shown great commitment at fighting Boko Haram and tirelessly warred against terrorism. With this, it is even convincing that PMB is unrelenting.

      • man

        why are they not arresting the criminals behind these killings ????

        look these types of mass killings only happen when security institutions are asleep.

  • rules_emmanuelO.

    What an irredemable lot! The disconnect and insensitivity of the gov’t to the people is too apparent! APC must never return to Aso rock come 2019. The height!!

    • AbdulBull

      It is unfortunate & sad about the loss of life. This could happen in any other state aside Benue state.Replying your comments… A.P.C will rule again. Politics Is a game of numbers. Nigerians shall decide may 2019. Since Nigerians have realize that there shall be no way what so ever for money sharing hands in Nigeria again. In the case of Benue. Kaduna & other parts of the country the sponsors & active drivers of these targeted killings will soon be uncovered. We all have to be patient as we condemn this satanic act of killings without yet finger pointing.
      – AbdulBull.

      • dele20

        Correct, condemning the satanic acts of killings not to be pointing fingers at the innocent PMB

        I concur with you, APC will surely rule again in 2019

    • dele20

      Do you know things were more exacerbated during the previous government? do you know how many people were killed?PMB as a president or being from North has nothing to do with killings by wicked herdsmen.(you have to erase that your wrong impression as you have to face reality)

      • Kola Koleola

        The only reality here is that we have a do-nothing and an irresponsible old tired, septuagenarian for a President.
        Lai, you can only lie to simpleton like Say the truth,dele20, night crawler, NaijaMindOfChange, front man, woman leader1
        Nigeria is doomed with Buhari as President walahi.

  • Say the truth

    Lai Muhammad statement is measured and very refreshing. However nobody will accept the condolences from Buhari because his body language betrays the fact being stated. Why is it difficult to fly to Benue and physically commiserate with the people. An American president or any other responsible president will just sit down at the capital but go to the people and sympathize with them. Buhari has not made any direct statement on the killing so how can you say he is sad.

    • Night Crawler

      His the President and has alot pressing issues at the same time, he has condemn the killing several times and he can’t be everywhere at same time, that’s why some representative of him where there, kindly understand

      • Say the truth

        Dele20, night crawler, NaijaMindOfChange, front man, woman leader1 these are one and the same person or they are paid agents to spin the opinion. You are even contradicting yourself or yourselves. Miyetti Allah that issued threat and admitted to the murders are no ghosts. What has the government done to them. Not even a word of rebuke talkless of arresting them. They went on and on urinating on the graves on the dead by issuing more threats. Except you are the murderers or you are like the herdsmen there is no way a normal human will reason like you.

      • stackCrawler

        Agreed

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      Sometimes d way people reason at time very disguising…dis man think for u write.. biko it will help u

    • sab

      How can Lai Mohammed in his wisdom tell us it is a clash between the herdsmen and farmers? Were there any confrontation between the two? What is the casualty figure on the herdsmen for Laid and his co travellers to tag it herdsmen/farmers clash? When can we ever get one single truth from this Mohammed of a li..?

  • Say the truth

    Arrest Miyetti Allah and the herdsmen now and we will know you are serious. Miyetti Allah kept threatening war and nothing is done. Why?

    • Night Crawler

      Where is the threat, kindly bring up proves and stop making noise in a public forum

      • sab

        Threat or no threat, were there no person or persons who claimed responsibility of the Benue killings? Have the been arrested? Did they not give reasons for their actions? Why are they still walking free and you are here insulting public sensibilities? Please stop being clever by half!

      • front man

        Don’t mind him

      • stackCrawler

        I wonder o

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      The question u should ask urself
      ..are all herdsmen armful?

      • dele20

        A good question.

        To say all the herdsmen are harmful, it is a falacy of composition

        • stackCrawler

          Abi oo

    • woman leader1

      You don’t teach them what to do, surely the right thing will be done.

      • stackCrawler

        That’s it oo

      • daygea

        Very correct.

    • front man

      Those bastard shall be arrested

      • dele20

        Absolutely

        • stackCrawler

          Gbammm

      • stackCrawler

        Sure thing

    • Everything will be handled with diplomacy the case is a serious one and the investigation is on. The FG is working on it.

      • dele20

        The FG is never relenting as we all know truly that the security of the country is one of her priorities

  • Olatubosun

    Well spoken my honorable minister of information Alhaji Lai Mohamed

    • front man

      Correct

      • stackCrawler

        Nasoooo

    • stackCrawler

      Yes ooo

  • Yego V

    This is what the Bible says about people like Lai Mohammed ” Proverbs 17:15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD”. 22:8 “Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end.”
    I believe my God: He is the one who puts people in position of authority and He will surely not be mocked.

    • front man

      Stop quoting Bible go and tell your paid masters to repent

      • stackCrawler

        Please tell him oo

    • Really, so you can even quote the bible.

      • dele20

        Don’t mind the guy, he quotes bible blindly

        • stackCrawler

          Abi ooo

    • dele20

      Lai Mohammed is absolutely right and has spoken well. Your Bible quotation at “condemn the righteous” does not match the above news

      • stackCrawler

        We stand with Lai Mohammed all the way

  • woman leader1

    You have spoken well sir

    • stackCrawler

      Very well

  • woman leader1

    Thank you, the mouth of the poo.

    • stackCrawler

      Lol

      • Truthman

        LOL times 2.

  • front man

    The great man well done for latest update

    • stackCrawler

      Yes oo. HMIC all the way

  • front man

    Your haters don’t want to hear this because they knew what you are capable of doing

    • stackCrawler

      Abi ooo

  • progressive

    Lai Mohammed have spoken well I think those who are orchestrating what is happening in benue should be careful so that they won’t piticize the issue going on there

    • stackCrawler

      Yes I agree

  • man

    to you apc paid mens on this site, “SpeakOut, women leader1, olatubosun, NajiaMindofchane”, i say again,

    this govt is just like pdp, many were killed over the past 2 weeks in rivers, benue, and how apc respond? they sent sss and army to kill some silly kidnapper. why cant these villagers form vigilante self-protective groups like in lagos, enugu and in bokoharam states? why wait to be slaughter when you know the govt can not protect you? why are the governors silent?

    this govt is not in charge. they will like to violate federal character and put northerners in all critical positions like the new NIA DG, and resort to all sorts of tricks to get their way, but for security, they are always at sleep. jonathan and pdp couldn’t stop this problem too in plateau, but what difference has acn made ?? they are just like pdp. losers.

  • dele20

    The minister Lai Mohammed is absolutely right

    • stackCrawler

      Gbamm

  • dele20

    The federal government is never unrelenting, those people will be caught and never go unpunished.

    • stackCrawler

      Surely

    • daygea

      Very correct.

  • daygea

    The government is doing a lot to make sure that this killings never happen again.

  • Truthman

    The comments on this page shows there is no hope for Nigeria.