Benue Killings: Some Eminent Nigerians Reaction

Dr. Paul Enenche Senior Pastor, Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC) Abuja.

“I want us to rise with brutality because there are a set of people in this nation, who think they are working on the mentality of the intelligent people.”

“Today, it may be Nunam in Adamawa State and nobody said anything, and then it moves to Southern Kadunna tomorrow and nobody said anything and then it is somewhere in Taraba or Birom land Plateau and no one talks, then it shifts to Benue or Kogi then it goes to Anambra and Oyo and everybody is watching until the nation is gone. God forbid!”

“Nobody has ever gone from Oyo State to Rivers to ask for free land to farm cocoa and making demand on the government to give it to them free of charge. Nobody has ever gone from Onitsha to Jos and ask for free land to sell his spare parts and asking government to pay for the land.”

“So, why should people wander in others’ farm land, destroy their land and ask for land free of charge? No, is shall not happen”

“Nobody is a fool here, it cannot happen; there is enough land in Sambisa forest for anybody that needs land not ancestral land of people’s family”

“I declare death on every killer in this nation or supporter of the killers whether in power or out of power, whether political leaders or military authorities”

“The way they are wasting lives, may God waste them and their generations.”


Senator Abu Ibrahim representing Katsina South Senatorial District

“We have to seriously investigate this. A normal Fulani man is not known to carry AK47. The security agencies should probe whether the defeated Boko Haram insurgents were involved; wether the Gaddafi phenomenon has spilled over to Nigeria.”

“It should be considered whether displaced Libyan soldiers had a hand in what happended because it is not easy to acquire AK47.”

“It is not true because the president has taken steps to bring the situation under control. He has deployed soldiers to Benue State, he ordered the Inspector General of Police to relocate to Benue. He has taken other measures that may not be for public consumption.”

“It is therefore wrong for anybody to say that the president is not interested in what happened in the state. When the president saw that the police effort was not bringing effective result, he promptly deployed soldiers.”


Atiku Abubakar

“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Benue as they bury their dead and mourn thosed killed in the bloodletting of last week.”


The Tor Tiv, His Royal Majesty Prof James Ayatse

“I therefore call on the Federal Government to act swiftly by putting an end to this killings; this act of impunity must stop.”


The inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris

“I apologise (to the Benue people) for the misconception of the statement I made at a press conference in Abuja. I was only trying to convey a message that Nigerians should live together in peace. As policemen, we try to avoid divisive statements”


Renowned Lawyer Femi Falana (SAN)

“The Constitution in Section 215 subsection (1) clearly gives the Governor (of the state) the power to issue lawful direction to the Commissioner of Police, (in the) State, in connection with securing public safety in the State.”


Ayodele Fayose Ekiti State Governor

“What is happening in Benue and other middle-belt states is more than a strive between herdsmen and farmers, it has gotten to the level of terrorism and ethnic cleansing. FG must act now.”

“Just now, we heard of the heardsmen attacking the camp of Mobile policemen, Mopol 13 in Benue, killing two officers by slitting their throast. Do you call people who could invade the camp of mobile policemen in a guerilla manner and overpower armed Mopol mere Fulani herdsmen?”

“What is happening in Benue and other state in the North-Central is an issue that the President Buhari must have to take decisive steps. We never had killings like these under previous administrations. It is one killing to many!”

“On the Global Terrorism Index, Fulani militant group (herdsmen) operating in Nigeria and parts of the Central African Republic is the fourth deadliest known terrorist group.”

“A group declared as the fourth deadliest terrorist group in the world as far back as 2015 cannot be handled with levity by the Federal Government as being done presently and the earlier President Buhari is made to realize that his main duty is to protect the lives of all Nigerians, the better.”

“Most importantly, the silence of the people does not amount to their inability to defend themselves. And it should be known to the powers that be that everybody in Nigeria has right to life.”

“Taking lives cheaply and brazenly as being done by the herdsmen is the height of evil which no responsible government should allow. The Federal Government must have to take decisive steps to end this progrom and stop playing to the gallery.”

“As it is, police do not have capacity to handle the situation in benue and we will not be surprised if the herdsmen begin to move from one state to the other to cause further havoc because they are getting away with murder daily. Therefore, the Federal Government needs to do more; otherwise, Nigerian will begin to see herdsmen as the APC hit group.”