A community leader in Benue State is wondering when President Muhammadu Buhari will begin to talk to herdsmen “in the language they understand”, following persistent killings in his community attributed to Fulani herders.
Mr. Jude Nyam, President Mbalagh Youth Development Association, Makurdi Local Government Area, was compelled to task President Buhari with the same expression he (Buhari) referenced military operations in the South East, after five persons were slaughtered in the community on Thursday.
Among the dead were two officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC). They were killed at Zongu Akiki village, Mbalagh Council Ward of Makurdi Local Government Area, while on their way to their respective farms.
Vanguard reports that a survivor of the attack who narrowly escaped death, one Nyitamen Iorzer disclosed that the victims were waylaid at about 7am by the armed herders where they usually converged in the morning before moving to their farms.
“They opened fire on us and killed five persons. It took the grace of God for me to escape with one other person,” he narrated.
Confirming the gruesome murder of the two APC officials, the Caretaker State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. James Ornguga said: “Of the five persons killed in the attack by armed herders, two of them were party officials from Mbalagh Council Ward.
“Mr. Moses Allagh was the Public Relations Officer of the APC in Mbalagh Ward, while Simon Ugber was the Financial Secretary.”
Nyam decried the continued unprovoked attacks on his people by herdsmen, wondering when President Muhammadu Buhari “will start treating killer herdsmen in the language they would understand”.
According to him, “the latest attack has brought the number of people killed by herdsmen in the past 10 days in Mbalagh community alone to 55 persons.”
Nyam also called on President Buhari to be a President to all Nigerians and not only for herdsmen.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent, DSP, Catherine Anene confirmed that the corpses of the five victims had been deposited at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre Makurdi.