Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has accused the presidency of providing undue support for the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association because it is a part of the group.
He said this has emboldened the group to go against directives issued by the state governments and continue to kill innocent farmers across the nation.
Ortom alleged further that over 1.5 milion people have been displaced from their ancestral lands by the Miyeti Allah group in Benue State alone.
The Governor vowed to continue defending the rights of the people and insisted he won’t keep quiet until what is right is done and justice is served.
He made the submissions during a press briefing on Wednesday in Makurdi, the state capital.
He said, “I watched with dismay yesterday the utterance of Miyetti Allah, an association confronting government. It is not just the state government that they are after, they are also confronting the Federal Government.
“But unfortunately, the presidency will not come out to condemn or say anything concerning what the Miyetti Allah has said because it is part of them.
“It is unfortunate, our people are dying, we have over 1.5 million Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Benue State and Miyetti Allah are coming out to claim responsibility for the killings and the pains that our people are going through. Then you will be telling me to keep quiet and not talk about it?
Ortom observed that the Miyetti Allah group is executing violence in the state because it wants his administration to repeals its anti-open grazing law.
He called on the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies to arrest the members of the group and stop indulging them.
“Miyetti Allah has come out to say that if we don’t repeal our law, we will not know peace. Where are the security men? Where is the Federal Government? Why are they not arresting this killer group?
“This evil agenda that the Miyetti Allah has in collaboration with the Federal Government is not accepted. I commend the security agencies in Benue State, you have been doing your best in the State,” he said.
Source: Naija News