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Northern Youths Condemn Killing of 36 persons by Suspected Herdsmen in Benue State


Agabus Pwanagba, Jos

The Association of Northern Youths for the Advancement of Peace, Harmony and Development (ANYPAD) has condemned in strongest terms attack on the Agatu people and other parts of Benue state by Fulani herdsmen, which has so far claimed 36 lives and rendered over 6, 000 people homeless.

bokoHaraaPresident of the association, Melvin Ejeh in a press statement made available to African Examiner in Jos on Monday condemned the attack of 9 November, 2013 on over seven communities in Agatu, Benue State.

The statement described the attack as “Barbaric, unprovoked political, religious, well funded and planned by some top brass of the north who are bent on eliminating northern Christians and propagate their jihadis agenda.

“Otherwise what’s the motive behind the frequent attacks on Christian communities in the north? It asked.

The statement decried that, “Instead of people like Babangida Aliyu, the Chairman of Northern Governor’s Forum to summon a high powered meeting of northern stakeholders to end this crises is perpetually quite on the insecurity in the north”.

“But he is rather using the position to play politics for the 2015 elections. Northern Elders Forum is also quite because the people being killed are not Muslims.

“How can we be playing politics with human lives? In a country and a region that belongs to all of us? The group further asked.

“All that matter to Babangida Aliyu and his cohorts is the politics of 2015, and yet they want the support of northern Christians or the Middle Belt.” He lamented.

ANYPAD asserted that, “As an Association, we view this attacks as well planned and calculated. We have resolved and urge the youths in Benue State and particularly Agatu to defend themselves by all means
possible in the face of any aggression.”

The statement appealed to the Federal Government to direct NEMA and security agents to come to the aid of the Agatu people.

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