Following attacks by herdsmen, armed militias, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other forms of armed banditry, the Nigerian army is set to launch an exercise which will serve as a training avenue for troops and dovetail into an operation, to combat the armed attacks. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State who was present at the launch, rocked a military attire to the event.
The exercise named “Ayem-A- Kpatuma, a Tiv word meaning “Cat race”, will be conducted in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Kogi, Nasarawa, and Niger states, and is scheduled to take off on 31st March.
Governor Samuel Ortom who sat for an interview with Osasu Igbinedion on her ‘Osasu show’, talked about the herdsmen attack witnessed in various parts of the country, including his own state.
Governor Samuel Ortom said the incessant herdsmen attacks, is an act of vengeance by herders for losing the 1804 Jihad. According to him, the people of Benue stopped the Fulanis from penetrating the state through Sokoto.
The Governor who further disclosed that he invited President Buhari to come around to console the people of the state following the herdsmen attack, said he ignored the invitation. Governor Ortom who was visibly angry in the interview, said there won’t be any campaign in the state if the clash between herdsmen and farmers in the state is not addressed.
Recall that we also reported that the Former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University and the spokesperson for the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, in a chat with Vanguardngr, waded into the controversy sparked by attacks and killings carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
According to Prof Ango Abdullahi, Fulani herdsmen killing are as a result of the injustice meted to them.
“Herdsmen have been denied the traditional routes which the British created for them in 1914 because they realised that, like cars require tracks, herdsmen also require tracks they can use to graze and drink water. .
The British provided it for them and gazetted it but people have denied them these routes. So, where do you expect the animals to follow? They have to follow somewhere. We are all living in Nigeria” he said.