The Pro-Chancellor Federal University of Technology, Senator Joseph Waku Akure has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to go after leaders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association (MACBAN).
Mr. Waku said they were the persons behind herdsmen killings nationwide.
He recalled MACBAN’s “provocative statements” before the January 1 attack and their vowing to disobey the Benue anti-open grazing law “even before it was promulgated.”
MACBAN leaders have already stated that “killings in the state were in response to the theft of their cattle by Benue villagers,” he said.
Waku called on the president to order security agencies to also go after those encouraging the violence, to demonstrate a commitment to securing Nigerians from violence attacks.
“The Federal Government must act swiftly to restore law and order. Clearly, the situation is beyond the state government,” he told NAN.
Gunmen, last week, invaded villages in Guma and Logo Local Governments, killing scores and burning several houses.
The Benue State government said that 80 people have been killed in one week of attack by Fulani herdsmen.