During the interactive session with Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo at the Benue State Government House in Makurdi on Tuesday night, Women Leader, Dr. Mrs Magdalene Dura told him that they know those responsible for Benue killings.
She said and we quote “Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore are behind the killings. We know where Miyetti Allah organizes and plan to come and kill us. We have told you”
Her full speech;
“Mr Vice President ,if anyone says its only in Benue state that this attacks are happening ,he is not been truthful.
There is a targeted plan against Benue ,we are been made poor ,our economy is been strained .
There is a genocide against the Tiv people, it is targeted and it is planned. Tiv people are been killed in Benue, Nassarawa and Taraba States.
The targeted plan against Benue is economic. Our houses have been destroyed, farmlands destroyed. When you tell the people to return what are they returning to? Their seedlings have been destroyed. The Right to life also includes the Right to sustainability.
Those you saw at the IDP camps are not half compared to those living with people around. They are living in penury.
Sir ,we know our killers ,this is a genocide on the Tiv race ,the idoma’s ,the igede’s .
Your Excellency ,we are aware who are killing us ,we have not hidden it. We also want you to know that we are not cowards ,we have right to self defence and we are been pushed too hard .
Your Excellency ,you are a Christian, when you sleep let the holy spirit minister to you ,that the blood of innocent Benue farmers are crying for Justice. No tribe is more important than any.
… Your Excellency, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore are behind the killings. We know where Miyetti Allah organizes and plan to come and kill us. We have told you
The people of Benue are not cowards … “
Recall that the stakeholders interactive session was part of the events to mark the two day visit of the Vice president to the state.