The Tor Tiv, His Royal Majesty Prof James Ayatse has alleged that the killings of Benue indigenes in the New Year attacks were signs of an ethnic cleansing agenda.
The majority of the thousands of mourners who trooped into the IBB Square, Makurdi for the memorial service and the subsequent burial at the Mobile Barracks, in black attires, cursed and wept uncontrollably.
Unongo said this during the mass burial of the victims of the recent attack of the Fulani herdsmen in the state on Thursday.
The Leadership newspaper said the Federal Government has given explanations for the establishment of cattle colonies as against the nomadic structure now going on.
According to Adeka, currently, there were over 18,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from various communities of Awe and Keana Local Government Areas taking refuge in 11 camps in the state.
Williams Avenya, Catholic bishop of Gboko diocese, says the people of Benue state gave massive support to President Muhammadu Buhari but "received 73 corpses in return".
He said that his comments were not made to undermine the pains of the people, rather help engender the sense of unity among Nigerians, inspite of the nationwide insecurity.
Blessing Okoh noted that only God and the federal government could stop the killings and called for more prayers for the state and the nation. Gen. Lawrence Onoja (retd.), said the killings are genocidal conspiracy against the Benue people. "If the Federal Governmrnt refuses to address the killings in Benue and if we decide to raise our army as advocated by our elders to defend ourselves, l will not mind to command that army despite my age", the general said.
The state Assembly Majority leader, Benjamin Adenyi, who spoke on behalf of the state lawmakers wondered how a Buhari, who came to Benue State during electioneering, after being elected, chose to look the other way while Benue people were being killed.
He recounted how MAKH, a splinter body of cattle breeders in the country, had issued threats to invade the state if the state implements the anti-open grazing law, which sought to bring to an end to incessant cases of herders/farmers clashes.
A former governor of Benue State, George Akume, urged Buhari to declare a faction of the Miyietti Allah as terrorists, saying the action of its members showed they were terrorists. "We should pray that this killing should be the last in Benue State". We will not be deterred because I am ready to pay the supreme price for the implementation of the anti-open grazing law.
They have expressed concerns over the increasingly frequent ethnic clashes in the state and fear that the situation could escalate like the Boko Haram crisis in the north-east of the country.International human rights group Amnesty International also sent a tweet: "That herdsmen, ethnic militias and cult groups kill Nigerians easily should be a wakeup call for the Nigerian government to ensure accountability for every violation of human rights".