Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has berated the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore for calling the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist.
Naija News earlier reported that in an interview on Wednesday, the Secretary-General of the Association, Saleh Alhassan, had described Kanu as a terrorist, enemy, and rebel of the Nigerian state.
Speaking on Thursday while flagging off the sale of fertilizer in Makurdi, the state capital, governor Ortom said it is laughable and unfortunate for Miyetti Allah to call Kanu a terrorist.
Ortom noted that Kanu is fighting for the liberation of his people, while the Miyetti Allah group is allegedly killing Benue people.
The governor, who described Miyetti Allah as a terrorist organization, urged the Federal Government to demonstrate the same zeal put into the arrest of the IPOB leader to the arrest of leaders of militia herdsmen and Miyetti Allah who have owned up to the killings in the state.
He insisted that it was by so doing that the government would be taken seriously in its acclaimed fight against insurgency and terrorism in the country.
Ortom also asked the government to give the Benue people justice by ensuring the arrest of leaders of militia herdsmen who were killing and sacking communities in the state thereby frustrating food production in the state.
He said, “If the federal government has demonstrated capacity to arrest Nnamdi Kanu, they should also exhibit the same zeal, will and decision to arrest the Fulani herdsmen that are terrorizing our state and country.
“Let that be done, they are living here with us. If Nnamdi Kanu can be arrested from a foreign land, I believe that if the federal government can exhibit the same will, they will arrest Fulani herdsmen, especially Miyetti Allah who have owned up to the killings in Benue state and have continued to terrorize our land.
“It is laughable and unfortunate when I heard that Miyetti Allah are calling Nnamdi Kanu a terrorist. Someone who is fighting for the liberation of his people is being called a terrorist by a terrorist organization called Miyetti Allah and Fulani herdsmen.
“So the federal government should rise up to its responsibilities and arrest the people.”
He added: “I have no problem with trying Nnamdi Kanu, but the due process should be followed and let there be justice. If he has committed any offense, let there be justice.
“But the federal government must also do justice by arresting Fulani herdsmen that have been terrorizing our land, who have created so many problems, pains, and challenges to our economy, to our security and to our unity. If the federal government does not do that, it means that they are not serious.
“I must however commend the efforts of security personnel in checking the activities of the militia herdsmen in our communities. We call on the federal government to boost their efforts in creating and sustaining safer environment for our people to return back to their ancestral homes.”
Source: Naija News