*praise late Shagari, Yar’adua regimes
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Benue diaspora group, under the umbrella of Proactive Association of Benue Indigenes (PROABI) Kaduna chapter, has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari, over assassination attempt on the Governor Samuel Ortom,
The association, in a press statement issued and signed by its President Comrade Moses Aji, stated that the assassination attempts on the governor and the killings in Benue State were due to severe hatred Buhari has for the people and government of Benue State.
Lamenting, the body recalled that, armed Fulani attacked and Killied over seventy people in Benue State in 2018, adding that, 48 hours after mass burial, the Miyetti Allah issued out a threat, telling the people to expect more blood shed in the state.
PROABI noted that Ortom’s assassinated attempt was claimed by Fulani body known as Fulani Nationalist myovement (FUNAM) and also gave reasons for the attac,k, adding that they represent 15 countries of the world.
“President, Proactive Association of Benue Indigenes, Comrade Moses Aji, on behalf of the association condemns the attack targeted on our governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom by Fulani Nationalist Movement (FUNAM) which they gave reason for the attack that they represent 15 countries of the world.
“It could be recalled that in January 2018, Fulani armed men attack and killed over seventy people in Benue state and 48hrs after mass burial,miyetti Allah issued out a threat that “expect more blood shed in Benue state” and since then Benue state has been experiencing different attacks on innocent law abiding citizens of the state under the watch and protection of government at the federal level, no arrest was made”, it stated.
The group alleged that “The present government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has openly demonstrated his hatred forr Benue people. Late President shagari and Yar’Adua once ruled this country with fear of God, but reverse is the case, in the case of Buhari whose concern is purely Fulani.
“In view of this, the association is calling on the federal government to as a matter of urgency arrest the leadership of FUNAM for questioning, it is the duty of any responsible government to protect its citizens, not being selective in terms of protecting and should anything happen to our governor, the other side of the people will be seen,” they stressed.
The association also called Yerima Shettima to order, to stop making incitive and provocative utterances that will bring disunity at the time every rational thinking person or government is looking for peace.
“If he claims he is representing youth of 19 Northern states which Benue is inclusive, has he made any effort to restore peace in troubled spots in the North?, PROABI queried.
According to them, “Nigeria as a country does not belong to a group of persons or tribe as claimed by Fulani people.”