Wednesday , 21 March 2018


– Call for State of Emergency Part of the Evil Agenda
We have observed the desperate attempts by some mischief makers to cause chaos in Benue state with a view to worsening the security situation and creating an environment that could lead to the declaration of a state of emergency in the state.
The people of Benue State have had enough of the violent invasion of their land and massacre of inhabitants, especially women and children.
The gruesome killing of innocent people in some Benue communities by armed Fulani herdsmen since the beginning of 2018 is one dark development that has thrown people in the state and beyond in an unprecedented shock.
Following that up with inordinate ambition to destabilize Benue in the name of state of emergency will no doubt, give credence to the belief that the state is under siege by enemies of democracy and peoples liberty.
The recent reports claiming that Governor Samuel Ortom had berated the President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly failing to intervene in the genocide in Benue State was simply a calculated attempt to ensure that the relationship between the Governor and President Buhari goes sour. Governor Ortom only cried out to the President who he (the governor) believes, as a father, was, and is still capable of directing security agencies to tackle the crisis.
The insinuations in some quarters that the state government owns and arms militia too was grossly unfounded but targeted at rubbishing the state government’s hugely successful disarmament and amnesty programme which saw the mopping up of arms and ammunition from hitherto armed criminals.
Every Benue indigene knows that the government’s disposition to peace and strict adherence to the rule of law cannot allow it contemplate encouraging violence in any ramifications.
It is also laughable that enemies of Benue state are equally linking the killing of some security personnel in Logo Local Government to some Benue youths even when it is confirmed that the invaders were responsible for the dastardly act.
The security agents are not helping matters too. They seem not to be doing enough to tackle the situation on hand probably to make the development look uncontrollable and requiring a state of emergency.
It is now common knowledge that most enemies of Benue State especially those not disposed to the Open-Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law are bent on seeing the state in chaos, a situation they believe would attract a state of emergency and make them have their way.
What is required in Benue is total commitment by the security agents to end the genocide which even for a layman, is not beyond them.
Those drumming for emergency rule in Benue state must be told that they are the same ones sponsoring insecurity in the state and their evil plot has failed on arrival! We Benue people are happy and satisfied with the efforts being made by Governor Samuel Ortom and we reject the any attempt to declare emergency in the state.
We call on security agencies to show sincerity in their actions and apprehend those who carried out the heinous acts against the people of Benue and have claimed responsibility for same.
If enemies of the people push for declaration of a state of emergency in Benue, then one would be tempted to ask what would be the situation in Kaduna and Taraba states where the mayhem caused by the marauding blood suckers were, and are still scary beyond imagination?
President Muhammadu Buhari was opposed to the state of emergency declared in some parts of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states by the past administration. If he turns around and sees state of emergency as a preferred option to military action in the affected areas in Benue state, then he is sure a man of double-standard.
The President should also be aware that collapsing Democratic structures in a state just because some mischief makers want to have their way would be a great minus for his well acclaimed integrity and newly acquired status of a converted democrat.
The Open-Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of Benue state was canvassed by the people, passed by the Benue State House of Assembly, assented to by the Governor and accepted by the entire people of the state regardless of their religious, political and tribal affiliations.
Good enough, it is aimed at protecting both the farmers and herders as they carryout their lawful businesses.
While the people hope that the law succeeds, it is equally instructive for the government at the centre to resist any temptation to thwart its implementation especially by way of collapsing democratic structures in the state to favour some inviduals who have vowed to be lawbreakers.
Governor Ortom has variously, despite threats to even his own life by those against the law, insisted that it has come to stay. The people are with him on that. What should then preoccupy the mind of the presidency is where it can encourage the Benue state government to create a conducive environment for both farmers and herders to reap the benefits of the legislation.
What Benue needs at this time is an emergency on saving the peoples lives and not a state of emergency which shall cost even the president and his political party some grounds ahead of the 2019 General Election.
Terrence Kuanum
President, Benue Youth Forum.
AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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