Benin National Congress, BNC has warned the state government of the consequence of handling the menace of fulani herdsmen in the state.
In a statement by the Director of Mobilization, Comrade Osaretin Igbinogun, the group said the peace people of Edo State may take up arms to defend themselves if the government refused to tackle the killing, raping and maiming of the people.
Read Exerpt below
We wish to draw the attention of the President of Nigeria and the general public to the insufferable angst Edo families are now being daily made to put up within the hands of Fulani marauding murderers. Whether by default or by a clandestine conspiracy, we are still investigating, but what we do know and are at great pains to say is that the most illustrious of Edo people are inexorably being felled by Fulani bullets or butchered.
We are at our wits end as to what Edo has done against the Fulani race to attract such maniacal elite genocide: when it is not Professor Otasowie, it is Efosa Nehikhare or Dr Oaikhena Ehidiamen. The latest victim of the maniacs had gone on a humanitarian medical trip to Lagos and was already back to Edo soil, no doubt savouring a reunion with his family when he encountered the rabid demons let loose by a blind or could it be complicit authorities?
We have stopped counting our men and women daily raped, ripped off of pregnancy from their wombs and gruesomely massacred as if to mock the great Edo empire and tease it out to the fray.
Although a South -South State, Edo has restrained itself from resorting to militancy for disputes resolutions, we have rather embraced modern methods in a democratic milieu, but it appears that we have hastily concluded and conceded the same civility to others at great cost!
We’re well aware of the seeming deliberate laxity of the ‘federal might’, it’s a tacit support, for unremitting bloodshed that broadened the genocidal enterprise of the unwashed dogs and the heightened ‘Fulanipreneurship’ will no longer be tolerated, and the purported allocation of ‘cattle colony’ amounts to neo-colonisation of Edo Land, in our opinion it amounts to the resurgence of the era of hunter-gatherer. They should be reminded that Edo is the land of IGODOS — unconquered people — conquerors themselves.
We are placing concerned stakeholders in Edo State on notice that the Edo people shouldn’t be blamed IF POSSIBLE MUTATION FROM INTELLIGENTSIA AND PEACEFULLY ADROIT ORGANIZATION TO SOCIAL MILITIA, even unto violent militancy to protect our people will be blamed squarely on their unpatriotic stance – (having shown seeming failure to protect Edo people); most times, the aiding of the brutal butchers for refusing to bring them to book, in spite of glaring evidences of violating our mothers, sisters, and the sacred entity of the collecrive being of the Edo people.
We are much involved in the Federation in many ways and that has kept us restrained, but someone should please remind the authority that those who make peaceful coexistence impossible are spoiling for anarchy, Edo people should not blame for floating a militia to secure our lives, and preserve our farmlands from the heinous activities of Fulani herdsmen in Edo State m
Is that what the authorities really want?
Comrade Osaretin Igbinogun
Director of Mobilization,
Benin National Congress.