By Nwafor Sunday
The governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom has advised victims of herdsmen and armed bandits in the state to defend themselves with stones, noting that ‘David’ in the bible defeated his enemy ‘Goliath’ with a stone.
He disclosed this when he visited the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Naka village in Gwer west local government area of the state on Tuesday.
According to him, “David in the Bible used ordinary stone to defeat his enemy, it is now time for you to stay at home and use the stone in your homes to defend yourself instead of running away.
“I believe in the rule of law, equity and fairness, but I cannot continue to keep IDPs and l can’t afford to have another IDPs in Gwer West. This must stop. We must stop truncating the future of our younger generation.
“When we allow laws to be violated and nobody takes action, it then allows for impunity and when you give room to impunity, it will result to anarchy which will in turn breed a lawless society.
“Just yesterday (Monday), a soldier was killed in Guma, security agents are not spared. Security challenges are enormous. The gruesome murder of 24 people by Fulani herdsmen is quite condemnable.
“Time has come if you are willing to live in Benue State, you must be ready and willing to be law abiding”, he said.