"If FG Can't Protect Us, We Will Raise Our Own Army "- Tiv Nation Spiritual Leader, Paul Unongo

at 02:55 PM, 12/01/2018 (1 year ago)
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Following the brutal killings of innocent people in Benue State, a leader of the Tiv nation has threatened to raise an army in two weeks. It will be recalled that many residents of Makurdi in mourning gathered on Thursday at the IBB Square as bodies of the victims of the Fulani herdsmen attacks of January 1 and 2, 2018, in parts of Benue State  were given a mass burial.
During the memorial, offices, commercial banks, markets and schools were closed in the state capital as the government had, a day earlier, declared Thursday, a work-free day in honour of the 73 victims. Many of those who attended the requiem shedded tears as they lamented incessant attacks on residents of the state by herdsmen.
According to Punch Metro, a leader of the Tiv nation and the chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Wantaregh Unongo, said if President Muhammadu Buhari failed in his responsibility of protecting lives and property of Benue citizens, the people would train their own army in the state to defend them. Unongo recalled that a large number of Benue sons and daughters were among the contingents that fought the Nigerian civil war.
“Benue people sacrificed blood for the unity of this country and will not allow a section of Fulani herdsmen to kill our people in cold blood."

He said,
“I am telling Nigerians that my people cannot continue to be cannon fodder for this country. If the government can’t protect us, we will mobilise and train our people into an army to defend us. We are 100 per cent in support of what Governor Samuel Ortom has done. I am the spiritual and ancestral leader of the Tiv nation; enough is enough.”

Unongo stressed that the entire people of the state were watching President Buhari  and had  joined in the persistence calls by Ortom that the Federal Government should take drastic steps to urgently address the killings and also arrest the leader of Miyetti Allah Kautal Houre.
“If the Federal Government cannot stop or arrest those behind the killings; in two weeks, we shall raise an army of our own. We cannot allow people to colonise us again, we have all it takes to do that,”
Unongo said.
Also speaking, a former military governor of Plateau and Katsina states, Maj. Gen. Lawrence Onoja(retd.), who described the killings in the state as genocidal conspiracy against the Benue people, emphasised  that  the killings must not continue.
The Benue-born general said,
“Some of us, in 1966, fought the Nigerian civil war; Benue has contributed to the unity of this country. If the Federal Governmrnt refuses to address the killings in Benue and if we decide to raise our army as advocated by our elders to defend ourselves, l will not mind to command that army despite my age.”

He appealed to the government at the centre to replicate Operation Python Dance or Fulani Dance in Benue as being done in other states of the federation. He urged sons and daughters of the state to rally round the governor for the successful enforcement of the anti-open grazing law.
A former member of the National Assembly, Senator J.K.N. Waku, maintained that the Benue people were known for peace, love and honour. He said, ‘
It is unfortunate that someone would oppose a law that is legally enacted and begin to kill and the Federal Government will refuse  to make arrests to end the carnage. The provocation is enough; nobody has the monopoly of killing.’’

Speaking on behalf of the Benue State House of Assembly, the Majority leader, Benjamin  Adenyi, expressed sadness that Buhari  came to Benue State during electioneering and after he was elected, he looked the other way while Benue people were being killed.
A former governor of Benue State, George Akume, urged Buhari to declare a faction of the Miyietti Allah as terrorists, saying the action of its members showed they were terrorists. He appealed to people living in Benue communities not to take the law into their own hands, but follow the path of peace and reconciliation.
The representative of the United Nations, Dr Mathins Ejibike, offered his condolences to the government and people of the state, saying what was happening in Benue required international attention.
“We want an enlightened approach to this matter. We should pray that this killing should be the last in Benue State.”

He stated that the UN had received a report that over 20,000 refugees were already in camps and promised that the body would look into their plight. In his speech, the paramount ruler of Tiv nation, Prof. James Ayatse, claimed that Tiv people residing in Nasarawa and Taraba states were being killed by Fulani herdsmen on a daily basis since the Benue killings started.
“We must put an end to these killings. This is the 47th time that Fulani people would attack the Benue people.”

The paramount ruler enjoined Ortom to continue to do the needful in his bid to bring peace to the state, saying the Benue traditional rulers were behind the governor. Ortom, in his remarks, said the latest killing was the most heartless.
He said, “If the herdsmen think that the killing of our people will make us to stop the enforcement of the law, they have failed. We will not be deterred because I am ready to pay the supreme price for the implementation of the anti-open grazing law. I will continue to insist on the arrest of the factional leader of Miyetti Allah Kautal Houre.”
Ortom rejected the idea of creating a cattle colony or grazing routes for herdsmen. He said the suggestions were not acceptable to the Benue people. He explained that the state did  not have adequate land for farmers, not to talk of  space for grazing. Also speaking, the state Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Akpe Leva, commended  the governor for signing the anti-open grazing law.

Published at: 02:55 PM, 12/01/2018 (1 year ago)
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slimber at 03:05 PM, 12/01/2018 (1 year ago)
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Why not you pple should prepare for them nah they can't be killing you pple for noting...is a big pity and they 're complaining of what is going on in Libya.that country only God can intervene.
Erekosima at 04:04 PM, 12/01/2018 (1 year ago)
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with all this herdsmen killing here and there, the president is till keeping mute. The truth is, they are being sent by him to kill, that is why he hasn't said anything, he is happy about the killings.
Henrybobo at 05:13 PM, 12/01/2018 (1 year ago)
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Hmm govt better do sumtin cos if dis people build their army e go cos wahala o, especially in d future
ehudomalt at 05:24 PM, 12/01/2018 (1 year ago)
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huhuhuhuhu dis nation Na rubbish!!!! sum go d kill innocent people d go free!!!
chukkychukky at 05:26 PM, 12/01/2018 (1 year ago)
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keep condemning after condemning another one will come. too much talk
tonyigho at 06:00 PM, 12/01/2018 (1 year ago)
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if Buhari can introduce Operation Python Dance in the east because of the biafrans who don't even carry arms and calling them terrorist group, why those carrying AK 47 killing 73 people can't be tag as a terrorist group? sometime i begin to ask if buhari is a positive mindset human  because when his son was involved in an accident, he used about 10 best doctors to treat him to be okay but when come to others he pay no attention why? those people they killed are also people sons and daughters.
WhaleDog at 06:31 PM, 12/01/2018 (1 year ago)
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these  marauders  must be ambushed and roast with their cattle .The government inaction is sctrict implication of how divided this nation is along tribal line .Evetything Buhari has done so far to improve economy and the overall achievements of his administration has been overshadowed by his silence on the herdsmen insensitive killing of innocent citizen

gogoman at 06:51 PM, 12/01/2018 (1 year ago)
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ok na ok
kacylee at 07:25 PM, 12/01/2018 (1 year ago)
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very soon, i mean soon all tribes will form their own local army, with all these incessant indiscriminate killing of innocent lives... my heart goes out to a Benue, Taraba and all those who have been victims of these herdsmen madness
benosky4 at 08:07 PM, 12/01/2018 (1 year ago)
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I smell civil war

benbellabiz at 08:08 PM, 12/01/2018 (1 year ago)
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They are happy and proud to have participated and killed the Igbos in 1966 war, just because they want to be on their own. They were all rejoicing and commending Buhari when he also used his soldiers and killed unarmed Igbo youths in the name of python dance, just because they want to be on their own. They also justified Buhari and his government when they proscribed unarmed Biafra agitators as a terrorist organization, just because they want to be on their own. Now the table has turn around. The government you fought and campaigned for has turn against you people and you don't know its law of karma at work. I truly sympathize with the families of the dead. But i will vote and also campaign for sai baba come 2019. I want him to teach each and everyone of us a very good lesson. I even want him to tighten the hardship more, because i know God will always sustain the Israelite. Though i'm still waiting for him to direct his actions and lesson toward the remaining tribes so that each and everyone of us will have a good story to tell, which i know he will accomplish that before the end of his second tenure in office.
RIP to the dead.
Sai Baba till 2023.
blowout at 08:40 PM, 12/01/2018 (1 year ago)
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Oh Fulani don attack una reach 47 times and una still dey talk talk. Form that army immediately and defend yourselves and quit the talking.
Parcely at 11:38 PM, 12/01/2018 (1 year ago)
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Mykie010 at 08:37 AM, 13/01/2018 (1 year ago)
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Una too dey talk,why not raise d army and defend yourself


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