Senator Ben Murray Bruce

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP-Bayelsa East) has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for urging the people of Benue to show restraint over the recurrent attacks by suspected herders.

Buhari had made the comment when he received a delegation made up of the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, and other stakeholders from the state.

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The President said: “Your Excellency, the governor, and all the leaders here, I am appealing to you to try to restrain your people.

“I assure you that the Police, the Department of State Security and other security agencies had been directed to ensure that all those behind the mayhem get punished.

“I ask you in the name of God to accommodate your countrymen. You can also be assured that I am just as worried, and concerned with the situation.”

Reacting in a post on his Twitter page, Murray-Bruce wondered if the president was asking the people not to defend themselves during attack.

He wrote: “I honestly dont understand how we can ask those being slaughtered to show “restraint”.

“What does that mean? Does it mean when killers come for you, you should show ‘restraint’ and present yourself to be killed before you are seen to be a good citizen?

“That’s suicide not restraint.”