Ask for international assistance to curb killings in Benue State and other affected areas in the country, literary icon Professor Wole Soyinka has said.
Soyinka who stated this yesterday in Makurdi during a visit to Governor Samuel Ortom said: “I think there should be no business of national integrity, national pride and so on. People are dying, this government cannot cope, please just ask for international help and I know they’re ready and willing to come to our aid.”
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to give those who are occupying lands that do not belong to them 48 hours ultimatum to move away for the proper indigenous occupants to return to their homes.
On his part, Governor Ortom said it is government’s responsibility to rise up to defend the unity of the country and to defend their integrity as leaders.
Ortom said: “This is not a hidden agenda; it is known and those people who are perpetrating it did say it. They’re not hidden. They held press conferences, they came out and said they were going to resist our law that they were going to do ethnic cleansing, it is about jihad, it’s about taking over the land, and it’s not about herders and farmers’ clashes.
“They said it clearly and it’s written and we have the documents and I’ve reported them to the security agencies.”