A former member of the National Assembly, Senator J. He said, ‘’It is unfortunate that someone would oppose a law that is legally enacted and begin to kill and the Federal Government will refuse to make arrests to end the carnage.The provocation is enough; nobody has the monopoly of killing.’’ Speaking on behalf of the Benue State House of Assembly, the Majority leader, Benjamin Adenyi, expressed sadness that Buhari came to Benue State during electioneering and after he was elected, he looked the other way while Benue people were being killed.
The representative of the United Nations, Dr Mathins Ejibike, offered his condolences to the government and people of the state, saying what was happening in Benue required international attention. We should pray that this killing should be the last in Benue State.” He stated that the UN had received a report that over 20,000 refugees were already in camps and promised that the body would look into their plight.
In his speech, the paramount ruler of Tiv nation, Prof.
Darius Ishaku, has said the state anti-open grazing law is not targeted at any religious group or tribe.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Emmanuel Bello, the governor explained that the law was colour blind.
If the Federal Governmrnt refuses to address the killings in Benue and if we decide to raise our army as advocated by our elders to defend ourselves, l will not mind to command that army despite my age.” He appealed to the government at the centre to replicate 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. Waku, maintained that the Benue people were known for peace, love and honour.A former governor of Benue State, George Akume, urged Buhari to declare a faction of the Miyietti Allah as terrorists, saying the action of its members showed they were terrorists.He appealed to people living in Benue communities not to take the law into their own hands, but follow the path of peace and reconciliation.Many residents of Makurdi in mourning gathered on Thursday at the IBB Square as bodies of the victims of the Fulani herdsmen attacks of January 1 and 2, 2018, in parts of Benue State were given a mass burial.Offices, commercial banks, markets and schools were closed in the state capital as the government had, a day earlier, declared Thursday, a work-free day in honour of the 73 victims.Unongo recalled that a large number of Benue sons and daughters were among the contingents that fought the Nigerian civil war.