Benue killings: We may raise our own Army if…, says Unongo

by AljazirahNigeria | January 12, 2018 2:23 am

Ancestral leader of the Tiv nation, Wantaregh Paul  Unongo, has said that if President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to fulfill his mandate of protecting lives and properties of Benue people, the people of the state may be left with no option than to train their own Army in the state to defend them.

Unongo said this during a requiem church service for the burial of 73 deceased victims of the Fulani herdsmen attacks in the state. He also disclosed that a large number of Benue sons and daughters have  contributed to the greatest contingents that fought wars across the world.

“Benue people have sacrificed enough blood for the unity of this country and would not allow a section of Fulani terrorists to come and kill our people in cold blood.

“I am begging Nigerians that my people cannot continue to be cannon fodder of this country. If government can’t protect us, we will mobilise and train our people into army to defend us. We are 100 per cent in support of what Governor Ortom has done. I am the spiritual leader and ancestral leader of the Tiv nation and I am saying enough is enough.”

Unongo, who is the convener and chairman of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), posited that the entire people of the state are watching President Buhari and have joined in the persistent calls by Governor Samuel Ortom on the need for the Federal Government to take drastic steps to urgently address the killings and also arrest the leader of the leaders of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hire (MAKH).

“If the Federal Government cannot stop or arrest those behind the killings, in two weeks, we shall raise an army of our own because we cannot allow people to colonise us again. We have all it takes to do that,” Unongo emphasised”.

On his part, Gen. Lawrence Onoja, who supported Unongo’s call, described the killing in the state as genocidal conspiracy against Benue people, stressing that, “this killings must not continue.”

“Some of us in 1966 fought the Nigeria war. Benue has contributed to the unity of this country, therefore If FG 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.”

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