Political leaders in Benue State have responded aggressively to the killings of their citizens by Fulani herdsmen. The leaders and elders averred that if the carnage is left to continue against the people, they have no choice than to raise armies to protect people of the state. They gave thie warning on Thursday at the mass burial of the over 73 persons recently killed by herders in Logo and Guma LGAs. Speaking during the event, elder statesman and member of the Northern Elders Forum, Elder Paul Unongo, called on the federal government to stop the madness with immediate effect.
Unongo, who ‘roared’ on the top of his voice, vowed that it would not take him and other leaders two weeks to raise an army to confront the attackers. “I am Paul Unongo, the spiritual leader of this land, if this carnage continues, we shall raise an army within two weeks. “We say enough is enough. We shall not continue to fold our arms and watch our people being maimed and murdered by this heartless people.
“I want to be heard clearly. This is a deliberate pogrom against our people and we shall act if it does not stop.” On his part, elder statesman and former military governor of Plateau and Kastina States, Gen Lawrence Onoja, described the attacks as genocidal conspiracy against the people of the state. Gen. Onoja, who spoke on behalf of the people of Benue south at the event, asserted that people of the state have contributed enough to the peace and development of Nigeria and should be respected.