Tiv Supreme Council warns against false narrative on Benue killings

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Nigerian Concord Newspaper

The Tiv Traditional Supreme Council has warned politicians especially within the APC-led federal government to stop their attempt to change the true narrative on killings in Benue State.

The Council made this warning in Gboko today during an emergency council meeting which was presided over by Tor Kwande, Chief Ambrose Iyortyer who represented His Royal Majesty, Tor Tiv Professor James Ayatse.

It would be recalled that APC leader in Benue who also represents Zone B in the Senate, Senator George Akume, had recently told President Muhhamadu Buhari during an APC stakeholders meeting in Abuja that Benue people are the ones killing themselves and not the fulani herders.

Recall also that the governor of the state, Mr. Samuel Ortom, immediately dragged Akume before the Tiv Council to explain why he tried to change the true narratives of Benue killings.

The governor wondered why Akume would want to accuse people in the state government as those behind the killings even when the Fulani herders under the Miyyeti Allah association had openly claimed responsibilities for all the killings.

At today’s meeting in Gboko, the council expressed its anger over comments credited to some appointees of the federal government and politicians in Benue state whose comments tend to change what is already known about the invasion of the state by killer herdsmen across communities in the state.

The traditional rulers stated that the plot to change the narrative and turn the tables against Benue citizens was a mockery of the sensibility of the Tiv people and the entire state.

They described those promoting the thinking that Tiv people were killing themselves as ‘hostile and wicked’ and asked them to desist from such evil propaganda, saying it is a disservice to the Tiv nation at this time of mourning and trauma.

The council advised political actors in Benue state to come together and find ways of preventing further attacks on Benue Communities by killer herdsmen, while cautioning Tiv sons and daughters against politics of violence and acrimony.

The Supreme council also stated that it was pained particularly by the Mbalom killings where there is now another deliberate attempt to change the story even when it was clear that the two priests and seventeen worshippers were killed by killer herdsmen.

The traditional leaders while decrying the cult related activities and the insecurity in Sankera axis of the state, also appealed to all stakeholders to cooperate with security agencies to halt the ugly trend

They commended Governor Samuel Ortom and the federal government for their efforts in securing lives and property in Benue state especially through the activities of Operation Whirl Stroke, which they said have brought relative calm in the state.