A statement today (Thursday) signed by the ACF National Public Secretary, Mohammed Ibrahim Biu, described the situation in Benue as “boiling because in the last two weeks or so, Benue state had experienced intense and vicious ethnic/communal clashes between the Tiv farmers and suspected Fulani herds men which had resulted into huge loss of lives and property, farm crops and herds of cattle”.
“The incessant and reprisal attacks by the two communities who have lived together peacefully for many years as partners is worrisome and capable of undermining the long existing bond of peaceful relationships between the Tiv and the Fulani herdsmen”.
According to the ACF “the recent attack on the convey of the Benue state Governor, Rt.
Hon. Gabriel Suswam while on assessment tour of villages destroyed as a result of communal clashes between the Tiv and some suspected herdsmen in Guma Local Government Area was most shocking and unfortunate. If the convey of a state Governor with all the paraphernalia of security detail could be so ‘attacked by some bandits, what hope does the common man have in the Government that is primarily responsible for his security and welfare?’
The ACF urged the Federal and all the Northern State Government to re-double their
efforts and be proactive in tackling security challenges in their domains. Communities must also be vigilant and monitor suspicious people within their midst, get involved in intelligence gathering and alert Security agencies in good time.
ACF commiserated s with the Governor Gabriel Suswam on the unfortunate incident and
also extended its condolences to the bereaved families who lost their loved ones in the communal strife.