The New Year killings and recent attacks in Benue State reverberated in Abuja on Thursday as angry citizens, mostly women flooded the National Assembly in protest.
The protesters under the aegis of the Benue Women Forum wore black dresses and carried placards that had various inscriptions like: “Black New Year day in Benue”, “where are the Soldiers- wake up;” “where is UN?””Atomic weapon in Benue;” “No land for cattle colony”; “Almakura stop housing our killers” “war in Benue”; “we want peace”; “Tiv women mourn their husbands, wives, daughters and sons murdered by Fulani herdsmen,” etc.
They told President Muhammadu Buhari to resign as the Patron of Miyetti Allah ” if they cannot listen to your counsel to you counsel . For we believe that Mr. President cannot encourage them to be lawless, maniacal and callous.”
In a letter to the National Assembly addressed to the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the National Human Rights Commission, and titled: Benue Women Cry Out, the Women forum further said;
“Mr. President, as the Chief Security Officer of this great nation, ensure that Miyetti Allah gets its members to adhere to the Open Grazing Prohibition Law in Benue State. They will listen to you as their life Patton. Otherwise, you will be seen as being complacent to the lawlessness of armed marauding herdsmen with the Benue people not having any protection under your government.”
According to the group, the invasion resulted in massive destruction of property and means of livelihood . This unfortunate incidence deliberately targeted the harvest season so that the destruction of farm produce is massive. This is intended to leave the people hungry, homeless and impoverished.
Giving a recap of the incident the women group said: “On the 1st of January,2018 armed herdsmen members of Miyetti Allah launched unprovoked attack on several communities in Guma and Logo local government areas of our Benue State while the people were sleeping , killing and maiming ( including women and children). Pregnant women were cut open their unborn babies slaughtered like animals. ”
The group said the enactment of the anti- open grazing law was because of incessant attacks, ” and intended for the protection of both livestock and crop farmers.”
The Miyetti Allah they said had boasted they would not obey the law and that the sudden attack is a proof of it.
“Mr. President sir, is this possible under your watch that people of a state are annihilated under you? You are said to be life patron of Miyetti Allah, what is your counsel to them.