Can Benue join the South?


By Ochereome Nnanna

SHORTLY after the highly emotive burial of 73 victims of genocide being perpetrated by the Fulani militia in Benue and other states of the Federation, Governor Samuel Ortom took Benue leaders to see President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Villa, Abuja,  a case of reversed protocol. The normal thing all over the world is for the bereaved to sit in his house and receive sympathisers. Perhaps the Benue delegation decided that if Muhammadu would not go to the mountain, then the mountain would go to Muhammadu.

President Buhari, who had kept aloof and unconcerned about the atrocities being perpetrated by criminals, some of whom were alleged to be foreign mercenaries, told Benue people: “accommodate your fellow countrymen”. He was giving an answer that had little to do with the problem. Benue and other Nigerians have for decades accommodated Fulani herdsmen because…

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