25 Apr 2018

Nigerian Northern Jihadists really determined to kill all Benue Christians!

Jonathan Ekene Ifeanyi
Boko Haram

As always, today’s news in Nigeria is that of the killing of the Benue people by “suspected” “Fulani-herdsmen” — a killing which has been on-going since the very year Buhari became Nigeria’s President but which, unfortunately, has not only been always ignored, ignored and ignored by Buhari’s government but also by so many wicked Nigerian citizens. They don’t give a damn because after-all their loved ones are usually not among those being killed! Although the Jihadists started focusing their attention on the Benue people since last year, these killings, as you can learn from my old article,  WHY IS BOKO HARAM STILL KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE UNDER BUHARI’S GOVERNMENT?, has been on-going (in other states) long before then. I got tired of documenting the killings because the jihadists are doing it almost every day. 

When, recently, courageous Senator Abaribe of Abia State called Buhari an “incompetent” president over the latter’s lie that these Jihadists are “Muammar Gaddafi’s men”, he was shouted down by northern senators(with all the Eastern and South-South senators present looking like morons!), including Senate President Bukola Saraki who mandated him to “apologise” immediately. 

Yet, as we can recall, it was the same kind of statement Buhari made in October 2014, during Jonathan’s era, when he stated categorically that Niger Delta people, in fact, stated the menace! (See my article above). As I wrote: 

“Buhari, who then spoke on a Liberty Radio programme, accused Jonathan’s government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants got special treatment. He said that unlike the “special treatment” given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by the government. While accusing Jonathan of failing from the beginning to address the security situation in the country, Buhari said he had never been in support of the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, and shockingly, according to Buhari, “what is responsible for the security situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants.”

“Can we then see the reason why he is now hunting for the Niger Deltans while almost completely ignoring the murderous activities of his Boko Haram brothers in the North-East? My February piece on this can be viewed here:
“And on his current hunting for the blood of the Niger Deltans, see this:http://www.thetrentonline.com/buhari-declares-war-on-south-south-militants-orders-air-bombing-of-creeks

“So far, all the structures put in place by Jonathan to tackle the terrorists—the military checkpoints and the rest—have been dismantled by Buhari, and Boko Haram terrorists now move freely in the North East, destroying lives just as they want. See this also:http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/186492-how-buharis-slow-pace-is-affecting-the-war-against-boko-haram.html”.

Is it a surprise, then, to see the same Buhari who also kicked against amnesty for Niger Delta militants then now advocating for the same amnesty for his jihadist brethren?

A country founded on lies and currently populated by liars, usually, the lying newspapers would attribute these killings to “suspected Fulani-herdsmen” even though everybody knows who these killers are. In fact, sincerely speaking, only today have I heard of the word “Jihadists” pronounced—certainly because of the two priests killed! As we read partly from Punch:

Confirming the attack on the church, The Director of Communications, Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, Rev. Father Moses Iorapuu, said, “Rev. Father Joseph Gor and Rev. Father Felix Tyolaha have been killed in the deadly attack by herdsmen/Jihadists early today (Tuesday) in St. Ignatius Quasi parish in Ukpor-Mbalom in Mbalom village.”

Iorapuu, who stated that the herdsmen also burnt down homes, destroyed foodstuffs, said, “to go for the priests means total destruction of everything we stand for and believe in as a people.”

“The police seem to know nothing of the attacks which have been going on in other villages in Benue State since the Anti-Open Grazing Law came into effect last year.

What makes today’s case different, however, is that two Catholic priests are among the dead.

“Many people are asking why the international community has remained silent over the massacre of Benue citizens.

“The answer is simple: It has been the goal of the Jihadists to conquer Benue and Tiv people who resisted their advance into the Middle Belt and the Eastern part of Nigeria since 1804; they are people who rejected Islam and fought for the unification of Nigeria in the civil war of 1967 – 1970.”

According to the Catholic spokesman, the people of  Eastern Nigeria have little sympathy for Benue people who fought on the side of Nigeria, adding that the Muslim North is enjoying a sweet revenge overshadowed by an insensitive regime.

He noted there were over 170,000 internally displaced persons before the Naka invasion, adding that with the situation on the ground in Mbalom, Benue would be flooded with thousands more.

“What cannot be said at this point is the consequences of the death of missionaries in the killings that have been ignored  by the government for over a year.

“The Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, which is one of the largest dioceses in Nigeria, has been active in providing relief materials, including education and skills acquisition lessons, to victims of the attacks,” he added.

Our correspondents reported that there was apprehension in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State.

The situation reportedly became tense when the remains of the two Rev. Fathers were brought to St. Theresa Catholic Hospital morgue, High Level, Makurdi.

Following the tense atmosphere in the area, leaders of Wurukum and Wadatta markets in the capital city were forced to close the market while traders rushed out of the area for fear of breakdown of law and order.

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