By Oladapo Okeowo
Hon Adamu Entonu (Benue/Apa;Agatu) has advised the FG to be proactive in its intervention in the violent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and the Agatu community in Benue state.
Entonu accused the FG and the Benue state government of not addressing the issue with the urgency that it requires. In his opinion, the federal government is biased in its handling of the issue as the herdsmen are not disarmed nor are have the Agatu residents been compensated.
In his opinion, the federal government is biased in its handling of the issue as the herdsmen have not been disarmed nor are have the Agatu residents been compensated.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the lawmaker said the people in his constituency live in perpetual fear now due to the presence of armed herdsmen who seem to have the backing of both the state and federal governments.
According to him, the tiers of government have to find a lasting solution to the feud as the losses recorded by the Agatu people in terms of property, food crops and lives are of great concern.
He said, “how can the federal government be talking about food security while the food basket of the nation is facing such challenges in the hands of herdsmen?
“The state government should carry out a holistic disarmament programme involving both sides, rather than intimidating and issuing unnecessary ultimatum to the people.
“Neither the Federal and Benue state governments have shown any form of empathy nor provided any assistance to the Agatu people.
“They have not shown any interest in spite of the outcry of our people as a result of the heavy economic injury inflicted on the people of Agatu by the herdsmen.
“A rehabilitation program that can lead to recovery and sustenance of means of livelihood is highly desirous at a time like this, when the people of Agatu are feeling neglected and alienated; to at least give our people a sense of belonging,” he added.