Unknown forces outside North responsible for Benue killings – Justice Nasir


The Chairman, Advisory Council of the Ahmadu Bello Foundation, retired Justice Mamman Nasir has said the insecurity in Benue was created by some unknown forces that were not from the North.

He stated this yesterday at Government House, Makurdi when he came with the delegation of the foundation to pay a condolence visit on Governor Samuel Ortom on the death of over 73 persons murdered by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

He assured that northern leaders would find a solution that will solve the perennial clashes between herdsmen and communities in Benue.

“The insecurity in Benue is created by some unknown elements who are definitely not from the North. However, what is happening in Benue is very sad and should concern people of the north.

“We would do our best to restore peace and unity in the State and the North; because the solution to the problem still lies with northern elders,” he said.

Also speaking Former Governor of Niger State and Chairman, Board of Trustee of the Foundation, Aliyu Babangida stressed the need for honesty and objectivity in recognizing the pains and suffering the Benue people were going through, adding that the perpetrators must be arrested.

He also emphasised the need to imbibe the principle and sense of Justice that once kept the North as one region.

“There is need for unity not only in the country but in the North. Whatever will affect the unity of North should be nipped in the bud. Intelligence gathering should lie with the common people. Traditional rulers should be empowered to do more intelligence job to help the governors”, Babangida said.

He said state governors lack control over security apparatus in their domain and were answerable to Federal authorities.

According to him, as governor, he established cordial relationship with the security agencies in payment of their allowances as well as purchase of vehicles.

On the security situation in the State, Aliyu stressed the need for honesty and objectivity in recognising the pains and suffering the Benue people were going through, adding that the perpetrators must be arrested.

Also, Former Governor of Benue State Gabriel Suswam, who doubles as vice chairman of the Foundation, lamented that what was happening to Benue people totally negated the principle and spirit of togetherness of the North.

He said the Federal government must be held accountable for the failure to protect the people of the state.

In response, Governor Samuel Ortom lauded the contribution of late Sir Ahmadu Bello in ensuring peace and unity of the North and country.

He urged the Foundation to evoke the spirit of the late Sarduna of Sokoto and first prime minister of Northern Nigeria in the restoration of peace and unity in our communities.


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