The Benue Advancement Forum (BAF) has asked the Northern Governors Forum (NGF) to apologise to the people of Benue State over comments it made regarding the security challenges bedevilling the state. At a press conference by the group in Makurdi,Saturday, BAF’s Chairman, Prof. David Iornem, said it was disheartening to hear the leader of the NGF, Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, cautioned the state not to politicise the recent killings of over 73 citizens in the state by suspected herders. Shettima who led his other five colleagues to pay condolence visit to the state on Friday, had accused leaders of some socio-cultural groups who were in the state earlier of politicising the matter.
But the BAF’s chairman who spoke to newsmen in Makurdi through, ex-minister, Professor Jerry Agada, lampooned the NGF’s leader as he posited that their visit was belated, a mockery and intentions not genuine. “They should apologise to us (Benue). We don’t see any genuine intention in their (NGF) visit. We see their visit as a mockery. We also demand an apology from the leader of that group for saying that we were politicising the issue. We are not politicising the matter,” the group said.
However, the group commended the powerful delegation of the South-South, South-West, South-East and Middle Belt region for their visit to Makurdi during which they expressed their support for the Benue grazing law. The group further urged Governor Samuel Ortom to remain courageous and firm as he has been on the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law which it described as the best solution to lasting peace in the country.