"The law was popularly made by Benue people and it has come to stay".
The group further absolved President Buhari of complicity in the Fulani herdsmen killings, describing the "President as a caring leader who took an oath to protect and defend this country, saying "if we are to be honest to him, we will agree that he is trying his best to put an end to the security challenges in the country but that can not work if we have saboteurs who are living with us who instigate crisis and live a luxurious life, while the poor continue to suffer".
While sympathizing with the families of those that were massacred in the attacks, as well as those who were injured and the displaced, Udende charged them to remain calm as the Benue state government, in collaboration with stakeholders in the state, were doing everything humanly possible with the view to protecting them from further attacks and to also ensure justice for victims of this act of cruelty.
Blessing Okoh noted that only God and the federal government could stop the killings and called for more prayers for the state and the nation.
The paramount ruler enjoined Ortom to continue to do the needful in his bid to bring peace to the state, saying the Benue traditional rulers were behind the governor. "Aside the worldwide odium it will pour on the country, the current crop of federal officials may find themselves as guests at The Hague since there is all possibility that any indifference would equal an active support for the crimes being committed by officials of the second tier of government; there is the additional risk that the militias being armed by these governors would one day take on federal law enforcement personnel", he warned.
He assured the United Nations would further discuss the details of the assistance with the Benue governor and prayed for peace in the state.
"We want an enlightened approach to this matter".
He said, "If the herdsmen think that the killing of our people will make us to stop the enforcement of the law, they have failed".
Speaking on Thursday shortly after many residents gathered to bury victims of the Fulani herdsmen attacks of January 1 and 2, 2018, in parts the State, Unongo said if the trend continues the people would train their own army in the state to defend themselves. We will not be deterred because I am ready to pay the supreme price for the implementation of the anti-open grazing law. We pray for the repose if the innocent souls.
He explained that the state did not have adequate land for farmers, not to talk of space for grazing.
Akpen Leva, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state, urged Benue citizens to unite irrespective of tribe, political and religious differences in order to tackle their enemies.