*Says Nigeria may slip into another civil war if…
Cephas Iorhemen, Makurdi
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has again written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over the worsening security situation in the country.
Governor Ortom, in the letter he personally signed, warned that the activities of Fulani herdsmen if not properly checked may lead to another civil war in Nigeria.
Ortom also urged the President to urgently intervene in the attacks by Fulani herdsmen, saying that delay would thwart the country’s unity and development.
In the letter dated February 8, 2021, and obtained by New Telegraph in Makurdi, Ortom said he had severally written to the President intimating him about “the murderous activities of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and other armed Fulani socio-cultural groups and their leaders who publicly and brazenly claimed responsibility for the killings and destruction of property across states of the country.
“The groups and their leaders have also boasted that Nigeria belongs exclusively to them. The letters alerted you on several challenges and called for the arrest and prosecution of the leaders and proscription of the organisations in question,” he said.
Governor Ortom said the security challenges confronting 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. There are many areas of concern over the Federal Government’s actions and inactions, including the widely discussed concern over inequalities in key appointments. These have reinforced the perception that the administration is not fair and just to all Nigerians.”