Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has called on Nigerians to defend themselves against killer herdsmen and other criminals terrorizing communities across the country.
Ortom made the call while addressing a team of Mission Africa International experts who were in Benue state to assess the situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to provide scholarships for the education of displaced children.
According to Gov. Ortom, self-defence is legally permitted by Nigeria’s law adding that the security situation has become so worrisome that no one could rely on the federal government to adequately secure the country and its citizens.
Ortom said Nigerians are now free to arm themselves and resort to self-help in defending themselves as there is no hope that the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government would be able to protect them.
Benue State, it would be recalled, has been at the receiving end of attacks by armed herdsmen who had ravaged several agrarian communities of the state killing several people as well as burning villages and displacing children.
The IDP camps in Benue state house hundreds of displaced children whose education have also been disrupted by the ravaging insecurity.
The Mission Africa International experts are working on a plan to provide access to education for displaced children in Benue state.