Benue killings: If FG can’t protect us, we will raise an army, says Unongo
Olalekan Adetayo, John Charles, Justin Tyopuusu, Umar Muhammed
Many residents of Makurdi in mourning gathered on Thursday at the IBB Square as bodies of the victims of the Fulani herdsmen attacks of January 1 and 2, 2018, in parts of Benue State were given a mass burial.
Offices, commercial banks, markets and schools were closed in the state capital as the government had, a day earlier, declared Thursday, a work-free day in honour of the 73 victims.
Many of those who attended the requiem shed tears as they lamented incessant attacks on residents of the state by herdsmen.
A leader of the Tiv nation and the chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Wantaregh Unongo, said if President Muhammadu Buhari failed in his responsibility of protecting lives and property of Benue citizens, the people would train their own army in the state to defend them.
Unongo recalled that a lar