CALL FOR RESIGNATION OF PRESIDENT MOHAMMADU BUHARI & THE IMMEDIATE CHANGE OF BASHIR MAKAMA

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CALL FOR RESIGNATION OF PRESIDENT MOHAMMADU BUHARI AND THE IMMEDIATE TRANSFER OF BASHIR MAKAMA FROM BENUE STATE

Attempts of ethnic cleansing in the Benue valley of Nigeria by the Fulani tribe in Nigeria has become an annual ritual predating the administration of the current president Mohammadu Buhari. These attempts have however assumed a new boldness since the current president assumed office as president of the federation. The acts of genocide are sponsored by the Miyetti Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), an umbrella body that regulates the affairs of the Fulani Cattle Breeders. It is unfortunate that despite the perpetual horrific slaughter of women and children by the Fulani terrorists, the President, who is himself a Fulani has exhibited some degree of nonchalance recently notable in his new year speech which makes no mention of these acts of Terror.

MACBAN has President Muhamadu Buhari as its Grand Patron and we the citizens of this region believe that the president if he is not a co-conspirator, could use his office as the grand patron of MACBAN and the President of Nigeria to put a permanent stop to these massacres.

We in Benue State are mostly farmers of crops and in that regard have a law that prohibits Open Grazing of any kind of Animals within the region. The Law was signed on 22nd May, 2017 and came into effect on 1st November, 2017.  The Government of Benue State has put in place an agency to facilitate quick processions of land for Ranching of all kinds of animals. It is unfortunate that, even while the law became effective since 1st November, 2017,  the MACBAN vehemently resisted the law and vowed that they must occupy and graze openly in the Benue Valley. This was duly reported to the Presidency but Buhari in his usual way maintained his silence.

Reacting to the law prohibiting open grazing in Benue State, the BENUE State Commissioner of Police, Makama Bashir who is himself a Fulani man stated clearly that no one can drive out cattle breeders from the lands they graze freely.

Given the persistent coordinated attacks on the Benue Communities of Agatu, Anyiin, Azege, Anyibe,Tomatar, Tyulen in Agatu, Guma and Logo Local Government areas of Benue State, the most recent being on new years day 01st January 2018, and given the speeches actions/ inactions of the president and the commissioner of police, we the people of Benue are strongly persuaded that there is grand conspiracy to eliminate our people using the guise of terrorist Herdsmen.

Given the seemingly deliberate failure of the government to secure our women and children from the persistent barbaric acts of these Fulani herdsmen, We the peace-loving people of Benue have decided that we will not accept the Governments invitation to pick up arms and defend ourselves. However, as we have lost all confidence in the President`s will or ability to protect our lives and property we call for his immediate resignation and the immediate transfer of Bashir Makama out of the state.

We have seen enough bloodshed !!!!



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