Reno Omokri, a former presidential aide, has urged indigenous peoples in Benue State to unite and raise a leader like Sunday Igboho capable of confronting Fulani assailants in their lands.
Omokri stated this on his verified Facebook page on Friday in response to the hashtag # BenueUnderAttack trending on social media following the murder of 36 Christian Tiv people on Thursday in the state’s Mbagena Kpav community.
Benue has been primarily targeted in recent years by murderous Fulani herdsmen.
The same fate had befallen the South-West, primarily Ogun and Oyo, until Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, took up the cause in February, when he requested Fulani herders vacate Yorubaland.
Igboho’s activism has garnered widespread support from many youths and stakeholders in the South-West, and appears to have resulted in a decrease in Fulani gunmen’s assaults on their hosts.
Omokri, a former Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan, believed that Benue, also known as the Food Basket of the Nation, required a replica of Igboho in order to resist the tormenting criminals.
“Unless and until Benue has its own Sunday Igboho, the near-daily attacks that have defined # BenueUnderAttack will continue.
“If the people of Benue come into conflict with cows, General (Muhammadu) Buhari will ALWAYS take the side of the cows. Benue requires an Igboho ally. We read about people in Benue who fight at universities and against their brothers. Can’t these individuals focus their energies on defending their communities?
“Consider Igboho. He is neither massive nor hefty. They shiver, however, when they hear his name, just as Shenzi does when Mufasa’s name is mentioned!” As Omokri stated.