Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to act swiftly before the killer herdsmen drag the nation into another civil war.
Ortom called on President Buhari to push for a review of the ECOWAS protocol for movement of persons, goods and services within the sub-region.
The Benue State governor argued that foreign herders were taking undue advantage of the protocol to fuel insecurity in Nigeria.
In a letter to the president, Governor Ortom said the security challenges faced by the country have assumed new dimensions where the now emboldened assailants and armed herdsmen daringly enforce their will on legitimate owners and occupants of ancestral lands.
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According to the governor, there are many areas of concern over the Federal Government’s actions and inactions, including the widely discussed concern over inequalities in key appointments.
Ortom also expressed that the seemingly nepotistic appointments have reinforced the perception that the Buhari-led administration is not fair and just to all Nigerians.
He called on the President to proscribe Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Fulani Nationality Movement, Fulani Herders Association, and other violent Fulani extremist groups, as was done in the case of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB).
He also called for the condemnation of the atrocities perpetrated by armed herdsmen; arrest and prosecute the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and other Fulani Socio-cultural groups