Wantaregh Unongo, a leader of the Tiv nation and Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, has said that the people of Benue state may raise an army to fight the Fulani herdsmen. He said the residents were ready to train and mobilise the people if President Muhammaduu Buhari fails to address the situation. He lamented the killings in the state saying the people did not deserve to be ignored since they fought in the Nigerian civil war to ensure the unity of the country.
“Benue people sacrificed blood for the unity of this country and will not allow a section of Fulani herdsmen to kill our people in cold blood.
“I am telling Nigerians that my people cannot continue to be cannon fodder for this country. If the government can’t protect us, we will mobilise and train our people into an army to defend us. We are 100 per cent in support of what Governor Samuel Ortom has done. I am the spiritual and ancestral leader of the Tiv nation; enough is enough,” he said.
Maj. Gen. Lawrence Onoja(retd.), a dormer military administrator of Plateau and Katsina states, said he would not mind commanding the army raised by the people if the government does not act to stop the incessant killings. He appealed to the government at the centre to replicate Operation Python Dance or Fulani Dance in Benue as being done in other states of the federation. He urged sons and daughters of the state to rally round the governor for the successful enforcement of the anti-open grazing law.