Benue elders on Thursday declared that President Muhammadu Buhari has “failed woefully” to protect the people of the state.
While making the remark, they reminded the president of his inability to live up to the oath he swore to protect all Nigerians and provide them conducive environment.
Elders under three socio-cultural organisations in the state, Mdzough U Tiv, Idoma National Forum and Omi Ny’Igede, issued the rebuke in condemnation of Buhari’s alleged inaction to curtail the persistent Fulani attacks in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the elders of the organisations in Abuja, Edward Ujege, President-General of Mdzough U Tiv, insisted that Buhari has turned deaf ears to the crisis in the state.
According to Ujege, “We the three socio-cultural organisations are disappointed that despite our advocacy and pleas, there were no actions from any quarters. The President, Mohammadu Buhari especially turned a deaf ear to our predicament.
“Benue State are not ready to accept the condolence message sent to Governor Ortom and the people of the state by the President Buhari because it is not from the bottom of the president’s heart. We believe that the government is playing to the gallery.
“There is no safe guard and guarantee that these incidences will not occur again. This is how the crises in the North East begun and nothing was done until it degenerated into full scale war.
“The blood of those killed is on the head of those running the Federal Government.
“We, the people of Benue, wish to remind the President that we voted massively for this government to protect us and provide conducive atmosphere for development but the reverse is now the case.
“We also want to remind the President that he swore an oath to defend all citizens of Nigeria but has failed woefully in the discharge of his responsibility in Benue State.”