Following Thursday’s genocidal attack on a community in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue, where about 36 people were killed by suspected Fulani terrorists, the Benue State Government has vowed not to cede any land for cattle colonies.
The Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari have openly and subtly defended the activities of killer herdsmen, who have for long been terrorizing many parts of Nigeria.
The President’s aides, like Garba Shehu, Femi Adesina and Laureta Anochie and the Information Minister, Mr. Lai Mohammed, have in one way or the other taken sides with the herdsmen on behalf of the President who is also a Fulani man.
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But increasingly, Nigerians in the Southern part and the Middlebelt led by their leaders are continuing to resist the incessant calls by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), an indifferent and clearly biased National Assembly and the Presidency to allow for open grazing.
On Friday, the Chief Press Secretary of Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, Mr. Terver Akase said on Twitter that there is no land available in Benue for cattle colonies or open grazing.
Commenting on the #BenueUnderAttack hashtag on Twitter, Mr. Akase said, “We deeply appreciate everyone for the solidarity with Benue State via the hashtag #BenueUnderAttack. No matter the attacks by herdsmen, Benue won’t surrender its lands for cattle colonies. Gov Ortom has already ensured the deployment of troops to Katsina-Ala.”
Since the attacks that claimed the 36 lives in Shitile, Shikaan, Mbagena Kpav Community, there has been no official statement from the Federal Government, none from the President’s aides and none from those charged with the security of Nigerians.
Governor Ortom has since deployed troops to the area.