By OMA | 03-01-2018 | Politics |
The unwarranted and unjust killings of over 50 people in Benue state by suspected fulani herdsmen has been described as an invitation to civil war by the Benue state chairman of the ruling APC Comrade Abba Yaro.
Comrade Abba decried the recent killings as an attempt to 'spark a civil war' in Nigeria, maintaining his position that it was a clear case of ethnic cleansing around the benue valley that must be stopped immediately going by a statement he issued in Abuja
According to the report, while Comrade Abba was calling on president Buhari to call the Fulani herdsmen to order as well as direct security agents to fish out the gruesome perpetrators, he also called on all Benue descendants to rise and defend Benue irrespective of their party affiliation..
Credited to him exactly are what you find below.
"This is above Party politics, it is human lives, how can you kill a pregnant woman and removed the unborn child yet slaughtered it? It is barbaric, unspeakable and generally unpalatable".
Yaro says the Anti Open Grazing Law in Benue is not targeted at any section of the people but for the general security of Benue State, a measure against cattle rustling and a solution to herders/farmers clash.
"The implementation is ongoing and we are in support of our governor, we are not deterred, the Anti Open Grazing Law has come to stay.
"Nigerians should not see the killings as a Benue problem but National crisis, the absence of peace in Benue is an absence of peace in Nigeria.
"We must treat it as a national ethnic cleansing by the Fulanis and collectively pressurize Mr President to put an end to it. If Boko Haram can be defeated, IPOB stopped, Fulani killings can be stopped", he observed.
He further call on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Buratai, the Interior Minister Lt Gen Danbazau, the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris to protect Benue community or "we rise in self-defense, which will amount to the second civil war."
Recall that Benue had passed the Anti-grazing law in the not too distant past.