An Abuja-based group, Club De Pals, has reprimanded President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to pay due attention to the ongoing killing of villagers across Benue State, even as voices from all over the world have continued to express concerns over the crisis.
Club De Pals, a non-profit organization comprising young professionals of Tiv extraction, wrote an open letter in which it said Mr. Buhari should remember the maximum support he received from Tiv people during the last general elections and desist from his contemptible attitude towards them.
The letter, dated March 29, was signed by 13 young Tiv professionals who live and work in Abuja and was directly addressed to the President himself.
PREMIUM TIMES is in possession of a copy of the letter.
“We are compelled to use this medium of communication to join our voices with other well meaning Nigerians in condemning the on-going genocide in our state, Benue,” the group wrote.
The group said the people of Benue have not experienced peace since the beginning of the year, adding that the attackers are actually terrorists and not merely herdsmen as has been argued by many.
“Since the beginning of this year, the whole of Benue State has been under siege from armed militia and terrorists masquerading as Fulani Herdsmen. The unprovoked attacks, which occur mostly in the night or early hours of the morning have left hundreds of people dead and property worth millions of Naira destroyed!
“These attacks have rendered thousands of people homeless, most of who are now camped in different parts of the State as internally displaced persons (IDPs).”
The group said the crisis, which began in Agatu Local Government Area has now spread to no fewer than 9 other local government areas in the state.
“The latest round of the crisis, which started in Agatu local government area with the killing of over 400 people in one single attack, has spread to Tarka, Makurdi, Guma, Logo, Katsina-Ala, Buruku, Gwer West, Ukum and Kwande LGAs of the state.”
The group said, after a line-by-line consideration of the crisis, it discovered that the administration of Mr. Buhari holds the people of Benue in contempt and has been forced to list its demands.
The letter was jointly signed by leading members of Club De Pals. Their names are: Mike Tyowua, Teryila Uganden, Tom Chiahemen, Sylvester Kwen, Cletus Akwaya, Pamella Abellegah, Hon. Wuese Tyopev, Esther Miaphens, Patience Tarza, Engr. Toryila Zugu, Tarsoo Ade, and Mary Ordam.
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