By Ifeanyi Nwoko
The President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki had condemned Tuesday’s massacre of farmers in Logo and Guma Local Government areas of Benue state.
The attack which was carried out on in the early hours of Tuesday, left about 20 dead and others injured.
Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have killed scores of people in an early morning attack on two local government areas of Benue State.
Daily Trust gathered that nearly 50 people have died in the six villages of the affected local government areas of Logo and Guma in the wake of the invasion by the gunmen on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
Governor Samuel Ortom, who spoke to newsmen shortly after an emergency state security meeting in Makurdi said that over 20 people had been killed according to the reports available to him.
The President of the Senate who took to his twitter handle @BukolaSaraki to condemn the attack, said that the perpetrators must be brought to book.
He said that the Senate will do all in its powers to ensure that the perpetrators were caught and punished.
“I join all Nigerians in grieving and praying for all that have been affected. Such actions have no place in Nigeria. The perpetrators of this callous act must be caught and brought to justice –the Senate will continue to render all necessary support to ensure that this happens.
“Tuesday’s heinous killings in Benue State that has left countless families without their loved ones was a reprehensible act of violence. As Nigerians, we must all remain united in our condemnation of all such violence.
Tuesday’s heinous killings in Benue State that has left countless families without their loved ones was a reprehensible act of violence. As Nigerians, we must all remain united in our condemnation of all such violence.
— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) January 4, 2018
Meanwhile, reactions trailed the comment of the President of the Senate as many Nigerians expressed displeasure at the repeated condemnation.
Many of those who replied to the tweet wondered why the perpetrators of the heinous crime had not been arrested.
Some said that the senate should go beyond condemnation and utilise its powers to ensure security agencies arrested the situation.
A twitter user, Aniefiok Nduonofit said that “It’s not enough to condemn these deadly attacks on innocent people. Fulani herdsmen are not above the law. It’s time to fully devolve power to the states to effect community policing. That’s the only way out.
Another user, Josiah Unyeazor called on Saraki to rather proffer solution to the problem rather than always condemning the act.
Read other replies below:
Hypocrisy at its peak. Tell us what you guys are doing to bring justice to the victims? How many arrests so far? Why Python is on the way to dance there from Nigeria armed forces? We are tired of “remaining united in condemnation”. They are not spirits sir
— Nwachineke (@Ezeobata) January 4, 2018
Shame on you if the only tool you have the will to use is your Twitter page….Oga Senate President summon the President. Summon and sanction the minister of internal affairs, summon the IG. Being politically correct at the expense of lives.. shame
— Sunny Nwachukwu (@delivio1) January 4, 2018
Beyond condemnation why can’t @nassnigeria pass a resolution and give orders to service Chiefs and security operatives in Benue axis to respond since the @AsoRock has remained quiet and slow to respond
— Felix Abrahams Obi🦁🦄 (@MallamPelliks) January 4, 2018
Last last they will say he condemned it. Like condemnation is what we need at the moment.
— Oche (@achemoche) January 4, 2018
It’s something the whole country knows… We all know Nigeria is insecure… Security apparatus are seriously scheming to see who embezzles more.. If you are telling me the SP would do nothing but complain like me and you, then it’s a shame. What happened to the grazing bill?
— Adokiye Tariah (@Doxylizzle) January 4, 2018
We are tired of condemnations. We want this killings stopped by the govt. That is the most fundamental purpose of govt.
— Derek Adekaa (@itiza5) January 4, 2018
We are all united in our condemnation of violence,but you are the government elected by the people.Dont just condemn,do something about it..!.
— D_Punisher.🚫 (@IAmMr_Leke) January 4, 2018
Condemnation is nothing without bringing the perpetuators to Justice. Are the herdsmen now so invincible that they can’t be caught, they keep going from one village to another the govt needs to act fast b4 we get anoda Boko Haram disturbing the whole nation.
— Abiodun Gbemmy (@gbemiloye) January 4, 2018
However, others who also commented on the tweet, held brief for the President of the Senate saying that he had visited victims of attacks adding that he had also begun the process of reviewing the national security infrastructure.
@bukolasaraki has been doing more than just condoling, I could remember Saraki visited Maiduguri severally so as to have a first hand information of the situation of things in the North East
— Saka Olawale (@wagzie01) January 4, 2018