The Fulani herdsmen who have been accused of masterminding the flow of blood in Benue state have blamed their actions on the provocation on the part of the government of the state. In a statement this afternoon, the group said: “The enactment of draconian, repressive and peace-breaching laws (by the state government) targeted at the means of livelihood of over 18 million Fulani herdsmen in the country without regards to the consequences of such oppressive laws to the corporate existence of the country, has a serious effect on peace in the state.
“We appeal to the FG and NA to immediately set up a high powered committee to look at the clashes which has the capacity of causing a national security crisis.
“We call for a cessation of hostilities in Benue while amicable and long-lasting solutions are being sought at a national level over the unnecessary bloodletting that has the capacity of radicalising and militarising both the farmers and the herdsmen that can result into an insurgency and resistance, with the consequent total breakdown of law and order in the country.
“Our association has filed another law suit (challenging Taraba State on the enactment of the law) to discourage people from taking the law into their hands for self-help like what is happening today in Benue State.”
– Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN)