The group further absolved President Buhari of complicity in the Fulani herdsmen killings, describing the "President as a caring leader who took an oath to protect and defend this country, saying "if we are to be honest to him, we will agree that he is trying his best to put an end to the security challenges in the country but that can not work if we have saboteurs who are living with us who instigate crisis and live a luxurious life, while the poor continue to suffer". If the government can't protect us, we will mobilise and train our people into an army to defend us.
"Some of us, in 1966, fought the Nigerian civil war; Benue has contributed to the unity of this country".
The group in an open letter to Governor Ortom, dated January 10, 2018 described as unfortunate a promising year like 2018 which has been cut short for many families through the killings.
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.
"We also demand that a state of emergency be immediately declared in Benue State and any other states where crisis between herders and farmers may break out in the nearest future so as to forestall any further deterioration of the crisis anywhere in the country".
"Lawrence Onoja, former military governor of Katsina state, described the attacks" a conspiracy against the indigenes" and said it would be resisted.
With the day being labeled as a "Black Thursday" for the people of Benue state, many have cried out to the government to seek justice for the deceased. This is because we want to abide by the law. We pray for the repose if the innocent souls.More news: S/Africa: ANC body must act decisively on Zuma's future - Veterans
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"We must put an end to these killings".
Salawu alleged that the youth that Benue Taraba State governor, Mr Smuel Ortom, misled with the uniform of Livestock Guards, after signing the law, brazenly went on an extortion spree against herders while not a few of them appropriated the said law to engage in cattle rustling. "Enough of the killings", he said.
Nearly in tears, the state governor, Samuel Ortom said during the burial, "If the herdsmen think that the killing of our people will make us to stop the enforcement of the law, they have failed. I will continue to insist on the arrest of the factional leader of Miyetti Allah Kautal Houre".
Ortom also rejected the suggestion for the state to create a cattle colony or grazing routes for herdsmen.
He said the suggestions were not acceptable to the Benue people.
Akpen Leva, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state, urged Benue citizens to unite irrespective of tribe, political and religious differences in order to tackle their enemies.