by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The silence of the Federal Government on the killings by foreign militia ‘herdsmen’ is an agenda of ethnic cleansing and continuation of the 1804 Usman Danfodio Jihadist Movement across the country.
Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, made this assertion on Tuesday at the Benue People’s House Makurdi, alleging that, Federal Government was biased in handling of the security situation in the state and other parts of the country.
He was speaking when he played host to ‘Doctors Without Borders’ led by Mrs Froukje Pelsma, who is Head of Mission in Nigeria. The governor lamented that, the Federal Government was playing nepotism, saying a section of Nigerians is treated as sacred cows, while others are oppressed even when there are no provocations.
Governor Ortom explained that, the Federal Government has the capacity to arrest criminals, kidnappers and killer herdsmen but had chosen to remain adamant to activities of militia herdsmen most of whom are foreigners.
According to him, he remains an advocate of peace and unity of Nigeria, adding that, his genuinely concerned and worry, too, was that Nigerians cannot be protected in their homeland.
But he said he was happy that other leaders of the country across political divides had seen the evil agenda of the Fulanis and had started speaking against it.
He appreciated the ‘Doctors Without Borders’ and other Development Partners for their support to the plight of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and pledged his administration’s support to their operations.
Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation, Mrs Froukje Pelsma, acknowledged the support of the government to their intervention in the health needs of the IDPs in the state.
She appealed for the recruitment of more staffs, especially in the area of health, by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), preparatory to take over from the organization.