From Uche Nnorom Makurdi
President Muhammadu Buhari has described those who murdered over 50 persons in Benue communities as ‘criminals’ .
The president who said yesterday this through the Minister of Interior Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazzau rtd during a condolence visit on Governor Samuel Ortom at Government House, Makurdi, frowned at the killings, maintaining that the Presidency is pained by the incident.
“We feel your pain especially our mothers who bore us in their wombs. Government will nor sit down and watch people been killed and their property destroyed. Anyone found wanting deserves maximum punishment”, he said.
He warned Nigerians from politicizing the incident, noting that many people are cashing on it for their selfish political interest.
“We should exercise restrain. Federal government will put heads together with the state government to find a lasting solution to the crisis. The attack has nothing to do with religion but criminality. Benue State as food basket of the nation needs a lot of security”, Dambazzau posited.
Asked during an interview with newsmen why Federal government has not acted on warning issued in writing by the Governor Samuel Ortom to the Inspector General of Police, the interior Minister said he is yet to be briefed, averring the attacks is unacceptable in a civilized society.
“This is a sad period in our nation history but I assure you that security agencies are doing a lot to contain the situation. We will stop out nothing in fishing out perpetrators of these act and deal with them” he vowed.
Dambazzau also, intimated that over 5,000 Agro Rangers are been trained by the Federal government to handle incessant herders, farmers clashes.
Governor Samuel Ortom urged President Buhari to demonstrate his words with action by directing the immediate arrest of leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore.
While Sen. George Akume who is the Senate Committee Chairman on Army expressed confidence in president Buhari to handle the situation and urged him not to allow the issue of herdsmen to dent his hard earned image.