The immediate past minister of interior federal republic of Nigeria Comrade Abba Moro worried about the recent attacks in Benue by Fulani herdsmen.
The former minister who said it is unfortunate that the mindless and unwarranted killings of citizens has heralded the new year in Benue state, a very sad way to start a new year.
“It shows that the implementation of the good intentioned anti-open grazing law has left a lot room for improvement. Benue state is in serious crisis that calls for leadership.
“What is playing out in Benue state however is a clear demonstration of cluelessness and the lack of capacity on the part of the governor and the government.
According to him, “lamentations and blame game would not offer the solutions benue state desperately needs in the current herdsmen/farmers impasse and the slide of state to a failed state.
“The recent reaction of benue youth to the presence of the state governor at the scene of protest was a clear message of “enough is enough” to the state government.
“The government of Benue state has consistently refused to be proactive in dealing with crisis since inception. Despite warnings of impending flood nothing was done about it until flood disaster struck.
“Now the governor admitted that government was aware of impending invasion yet nothing was done to mobilize security to identify vulnerable soft targets to avert the current mayhem.
“The only way forward now is to go back to the basics and engage all stakeholders in frank discourse with a view to finding lasting solutions to the lingering farmer/herdsmen crisis.
“The security system in benue state must be constructively engaged in order to effectively discharge the security responsibility expected of them.
“The continued massacre of benue citizens by invading fulani marauders is reprehensible, condemnable and unacceptable.
“By now the government of Benue state should know that it’s cosmetic approach to the intractable herdsmen/fulani crisis in Benue state is not working”, he said.