The continued and unabated killing by Fulani herdsmen in Benue is nothing short of genocide, according to The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, according to a statement on yesterday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
The governor said you can’t dismiss as a mere clash when herdsmen continue to systematically wipe out a particular group of people in Benue State, and are even capable disarming a mopol unit, slitting the throats of their captives.
He called on the president not just to sympathize with people of Benue State for the murder of 71 people last week in cold blood, he also tasked the president to put a lasting stop the “Attempt to wipe out the Agatu and Tiv people of Benue State from the face of the earth…What is happening in Benue and other states in the North-Central is an issue on which President Buhari must have to take decisive steps. We never had killings like these under previous administrations. It is one killing too many!”
The governor also asked for a stronger action given that Fulani herdsmen are globally recognized terrorist organization, “On the Global Terrorism Index, Fulani militant group (herdsmen) operating in Nigeria and parts of the Central African Republic is the fourth deadliest known terrorist group…A group declared as the fourth deadliest terrorist group in the world as far back as 2015 cannot be handled with levity by the Federal Government.”