Benue killings: Mukurdi residents mourn as victims were given mass burial


The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has commiserated with the government and people of Benue State on the occasion of the mass burial of the victims of the recent suspected herdsmen attacks.

Unongo recalled that a large number of Benue sons and daughters were among the contingents that fought the Nigerian civil war.

It said it was suspect that the Buhari-led Federal Government, which unleashed its might against the Niger Delta militants and the agitating Indigenous People of Biafra, suddenly became helpless when it came to killings by the Fulani herdsmen, who are the President's tribesmen.

He said: "I am telling Nigerians that my people can not continue to be cannon fodder for this country".

The state governor Samuel Ortom, who had declared three days of mourning for the victims, also lamented that the state was looking forward to a better year of hope after the herdsmen invaded and murdered in cold blood pregnant women, children and the elderly.

He said: "This is a black Thursday, not only for the people of Benue State, but also for the entire nation".

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He, however, condemned the killings, while calling on the Federal Government and the Benue State government to step up measures to ensure speedy resolution of the crisis.

Also speaking, a former Military Governor of Plateau and Katsina states, Maj.

Shagaya, while condemning the killings, commended Ortom for maintaining calm, law and order, despite the callous act carried out by people he described as enemies of the state and agents of disunity.

The Benue-born General said: "Some of us, in 1966, fought the Nigerian civil war; Benue has contributed to the unity of this country".

He appealed to the government at the centre to replicate Operation Python Dance or Fulani Dance in Benue as being done in other states of the federation.

But the Benue State Government in a statement denied the claims saying the present administration of Governor Samuel Ortom has not engaged the group since he assumed office.