By Scholastica JOSEPH, Makurdi
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has, again, called on the Federal Government to include Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN and Fulani Nationality Movement, FUNAM, on the list of terrorists groups in Nigeria.
Recall that the Federal Government through the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, had approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to designate bandits as terrorist organisations which the court obliged.
Governor Ortom, while speaking at a wedding ceremony at the weekend, in Makurdi, said the bandits being mentioned are mostly from Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, MACBAN and FUNAM and so they should be designated as terrorists’ groups as well.
While commending the Federal Government for considering the option of designating bandits as terrorists, he suggested that “this should also include Miyetti Allah and FUNAM groups on the list.
“I want to commend the Federal Government for being bold to designate bandits as terrorists. But I call on the Federal Government to include Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN and Fulani Nationality Movement, FUNAM in the category of terrorists because those bandits are their members.”
The governor urged the people of Benue to support security agencies with useful intelligence in the fight against criminality and other forms of insecurity, pointing out that security was everyone’s business.
Ortom implored youths to honour their parents by building a family early in their lives, stressing that as parents, they are fulfilled when their children grow into responsible adults.