From John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has said that nothing will stop him from speaking out against invasion and ongoing killings of citizens by herdsmen in the state with a view to getting justice.
Governor spoke when a delegation of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) South South Zone, led by Archbishop God-Dowell Oyibo Avwomakpa, visited him at the Peoples House in Makurdi, the state capital.
He noted that the massacre in Benue could have been averted if the security people vested with the responsibility of protecting lives and property had acted promptly on reports which he made about threats to invade the state.
“The security has failed in their responsibility of protecting lives and property.
“If they had acted promptly on the report I made on threats to invade the state by the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kauttal Hore, the killings in the state could been averted” he added.
Governor Ortom reiterated his call for the resignation or sack of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, for his unprofessional conduct of taking sides with the invaders and lack of capacity to stop the killings.
According to the Governor, the sacking of communities and killings had continued after the burial of the 73 victims adding that several security operatives had been killed and their rifles taken by the Fulani herdsmen.
He said herdsmen attacks had become an enormous national problem which patriots across the country must rise up to tackle decisively.
The Governor commended the people of the South-South for rallying support for the state in its time of need more than any part of the country and prayed that God would reward them.
Earlier, Archbishop Avwomakpa called on President Muhammadu Buhari to defend the people of the state as Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the country.
He said the delegation visited to acquire firsthand information before they could know whether to cry to fellow Christians in other parts of the world to come to the aid of fellow Christians in Benue State.
The delegation had also visited and donated relief items to some of those displaced by the crisis who are in one of the seven camps.