We will die before Fulani Herdsmen take over our land – Tiv Group
Following the recent killings of innocent people by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Benue State, a Tiv socio-cultural organisation, Swem Karagbe, has warned that it would resist vehemently with the last drop of its blood, any attempt to forcefully take over the ancestral home of the Benue people.
The group, while calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to do the needful by arresting and prosecuting the killers, however, vowed that it would not fold its hands and watch any attempt to annihilate their people.
Making its position known in a statement signed by its President-General, Emmanuel Ukan, in Abuja, yesterday, the group called for the arrest of the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, who, it noted, had sometimes in 2017, threatened to invade the state after the signing into law of the Anti Open-Grazing law by the Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom.
“We condemn in strong terms the continuous unwarranted invasion, provocation and killings of the un-armed people of Benue State on their God given land, most especially, the good people of Guma and Logo Local Government Areas by the Fulani herdsmen curiously over rights of the ancestral land of the people.
“We condemn in total, the docile, non-challant and uncaring attitude of the Federal authorities to forewarnings by the Governor of Benue State, arising from threats by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association to launch attacks against our people as no precautionary measures were put in place by the government,” the group reiterated.
In an effort to proffer permanent solution to the lingering killings, Swem Karagbe however insisted that: “For now, ranching remains not only the best solution but the only option to the herdsmen-farmers’ crisis.
“We, therefore, urge the Federal Government of Nigeria to learn from international best practices of animal husbandry even among our African countries like Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, etc. where ranching has been long entrenched. Consequently, we urge the Federal security agencies to ensure the full implementation of the law in the state”.
The group therefore applauded Governor Samuel Ortom, for what it described as his doggedness, uprightness and for being a strong voice for the defenceless people of the state.