Pained by the brutal murder of their loved ones by Fulani herdsmen and the manner in which the federal government has handled the matter, indigenes of Benue State have vowed to vote President Muhammad Buhari out in 2019.

The indigenes under the aegis of Tiv Area Traditional Council made this vow on Tuesday.

Speaking, the legal adviser of TATC, Edward Ashiekaa, said the group rejected the decision of the Federal Government to set up cattle colonies across the country.

Ashiekaa said, “Of course, Buhari is a Fulani man, he has cattle. But if he loves his political future, he should tackle this matter and bring a solution once and for all because Benue state voted massively for him (in 2015); now, if he contests again (in 2019) and vote is cast, he will get zero vote from Benue State.

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“The law has come into being, it has prohibited open-grazing and every citizen must obey this law. The law has also protected cattle owners by prohibiting cattle rustling and providing stiff penalties. The cattle herders are bent on disobeying these laws.

“The international community has to come into it. We are going to the Embassies, United Nations and even the International Criminal Court to ventilate our grievances.

"We are taking bold steps to inform the world that we are law abiding citizens. We have no capacity to fight the Fulani herdsmen; knowing the type of sophisticated weapons they have, our rural people cannot fight them.

"We want to win this war at the battle front, we don’t have the capacity to do that. We will win it at the international level and at the federal level.”


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