September 16, (THEWILL) – A lawmaker representing Makurdi/Guma at the House of Representatives, Benjamin Mzondu has labelled a former Speaker, Benue state House of assembly, Steven Tsav and a former Special Adviser, Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Titus Zam as agents of Myetti Allah.
The lawmaker was reacting to a statement signed by Tsav, Zam and twelve others in which they claimed that the state governor, Samuel Ortom was responsible for the insecurity in the state and their area in particular.
A statement issued on Thursday, Mzondu said the Tiv nation will never forgive the duo and their ‘co-travelers’ for their utterances.
He noted that before now, it was unheard of that a Tiv man would take sides with enemies of the Tiv nation, but Tsav and Zam have decided to make statements that have served to embolden the herders to attack Benue communities.
According to him, “It is a thing of deep worry that the Tiv race which is known for fighting on the side of their own now stand by their enemies and embolden them to kill and enslave them as demonstrated in the maligning and negative profiling of Governor Ortom who have vowed to stop anything that would lead to the killing and take over of the ancestral land of the people of the state.
“Tsav and Zam from their narrative appear to be agents of Miyetti Allah, the Fulani sociocultural organization and armed Fulani herdsmen who have been killing and terrorizing the people of the state. Iharev and the entire Tiv race will not forgive them for the role they are currently playing to pacify the armed Fulani herdsmen and their pay masters for political reasons.
“In any case, the two Iharev sons may do well to remind President Muhammadu Buhari who as a result of the danger open grazing poses, has provided over six billion naira to Katsina, his home state to provide same to Benue so that ranches will be put in place to prevent crises between farmers and herders.
“Zam and his co-traveler should also remind the President that the internally displaced persons, IDPs in Benue state who are also Nigerians are over 1.5 million and have been living under inhuman conditions for the past three years and should be resettled to their ancestral homes as promised by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo when he visited the state a few years ago.
“It is my appeal that Zam, Tsav and other Tiv sons playing politics with the killing of Benue farmers by armed Fulani herdsmen retrace their steps and stand with Governor Ortom to salvage, not just Iharev communities but the entire Benue from the hands of invaders and their pay masters. It is only by doing so that history will be kind to them and record them as those that fought on the side of their people.
“No amount of blackmail and negative profiling of Governor Ortom will change the perception of the people of Benue state; he is a leader that has sacrificed his life and office for the liberation of his people.”
On the allegations that the state Livestock Guards engage in unwholesome activities, he said, “The allegations against the livestock guards that they are embarking on unwholesome or Gestapo-like activities are far from the truth.
“What we know and I think Zam and Tsav also do, is that the livestock guards have continuously prevented the armed Fulani herdsmen and their cattle from entering Benue from neighbouring Nasarawa state, a development that has not been palatable to the marauding herdsmen.
“In any case, Zam and Tsav should tell them to obey the laws of the state or take things up with any of livestock guard that is found to be embarking on an unwholesome activity.”