From Uche Nnorom Makurdi
Benue socio-cultural organizations have thrown their weight behind General Theophilus Danjuma Rtd for the comment he made concerning the insecurity situation in the Nigeria.
The groups which include, Mdzough U Tiv, the ldoma National Forum and Omi Ny’lgede, stated unequivocally that it considers Gen. Danjuma’s statement as ‘patriotic’, coming from the person who ought to know and who Is telling the truth.
It would be recalled that the former Chief of Army Staff and Minister of Defence had last weekend at a public function in Taraba, out-rightly accused the army and other security agencies of colluding with killers to attack Nigerians.
He was also, quoted of accusing the army of bias, insisting that it has failed in its responsibility of securing the country from attacks.
His words, “the Armed Forces are not neutral. They collude with the bandits. They kill people, kill Nigerians. They facilitate their movement, they cover them”.
Leveraging on this, leader of the group, Chief Edward Ujege in a statement made available to our reporter yesterday in Makurdi, said General T.Y. Danjuma’s narration is exactly a statement of the happenings in Benue state.
He stated that from the year 2010 to 2016, Benue state experienced excessive bloodshed from Fulani herdsmen attacks, intimating that over 2,000 people were murdered and properties worth 95 billion Naira were also destroyed in 2014 alone.
“Based on this, the Benue State Government through the instrumentation specified by the Nigerian Constitution came up with the law to prohibit open grazing and establishment of ranches which is a win- win case for both the farmers and the herdsmen. Instead of the Federal Government and the herdsmen militia accepting and implementing the law.
He said the herdsmen went on rampage killing 73 people on the 1st and 2nd day of January, 2018 who were late given mass burial.
“Before the senseless murder of these innocent Benue citizens, the army and security agents were fully informed and they took no action to prevent the act. Benue State Government and her people called on the Federal Government, the army and other security agencies for protection, the Army instead decided to institute Exercise Ayem A’ Kpatuma (EX-Cat Race),” he said.
He accused the army of providing cover for further attacks by the herdsmen by the so called Exercise Ayem A’ Kpatuma as a result of which over 80 people have being killed from January till date.