BY PETER DURU
MAKURDI – The umbrella body of Benue ethnic leaders including the Mdzough U Tiv, Idoma National Forum and Omi Ny’Igede have condemned the call for the declaration of a state of emergency in Benue state, by the Northern Coalition over the recurrent herdsmen killings in the state describing it as irresponsible and unacceptable
Reacting to the statement Thursday, chairman of the group of leaders, Chief Edward Ujege said the views of the Coalition was biased, reprehensible and evil.
Chief Ujege said, “that view did not represent the views of the people of the North, it is unilateral and came from a coalition that is one sided which did not have the representation of the entire Northern people.
“What kind of coalition is that? If they think because they have the Presidency at the moment and can come out to make such reprehensible statements, we want to assure them it is not going to be easy to achieve such evil plot because we will oppose it with everything at our disposal.
“There plot is aimed at removing the Benue state Governor, so they are calling on the federal government that they control to do an illegality.
“We will resist it because the crisis in Benue is simple, straight forward and does not require state of emergency to deal with.
“It is a case of herdsmen attacking farmers, moreover the anti open grazing law was made through the House of Assembly for good governance and peaceful coexistence in the state.
“The group does not cover the entire north it is a lawless group like Miyetti Allah, and as far as we are concerned they are terrorists.
“The truth is that if there is anybody that should be removed, it should be the Inspector General of Police and the Minister of Defence, these are the people who have failed in their constitutional duties.
“The constitutional provision is that every Nigerian should have peace and security but the IGP and the Defence Minister have failed to ensure that but have taken sides in the killings which is unfortunate and highly condemnable.”