By Ewa Innocent, Abakaliki
The Ebonyi State governor, Engr. David Umahi has donated N5 million for the immediate care of victims of suspected herdsmen attack, who are receiving treatment at the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching hospital (FETHA 2), Abakaliki.
The victims who are Izzi-speaking people of Ebonyi state but resident in Nwori Nduobasi, Adoke and Obakotaru in Addo local government area of Benue state, were on the early hours of May 30, 2021 attacked by suspected herdsmen who invaded their community, leaving about 50 of them dead, while many were rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the Alex Ekwueme Federal teaching hospital, Abakaliki.
Governor David Umahi who visited the hospital to sympathize with the victims, described the unfortunate incident as very barbaric and an act of wickedness, and condemned the lackadaisical attitude of Benue state government in providing security to the Izzi speaking people, assuring that the Ebonyi state government will not abandon their kith and kin in Benue, but assist them to set up their own vigilante group to protect their lives.
“What I saw this afternoon is nothing but an act of wickedness and satanism, I do not know for any reason why people should be raping two-year-old children, putting a knife on one year old, killing little children, killing fathers and mothers for what reason? and what worries me most is that the Deputy Governor of Benue State came on air to say that they don’t know whether these people are from Benue State or Ebonyi State, that is a height of irresponsibility.
“We know we have boundary problem with Benue State but we have a buffer zone and these places are not within the buffer zone, these people are citizens of Benue State, paying their taxes in Benue State, facilities, everything in Benue State, yes, some of them are Ebonyi speaking people, we have Igbo speaking people in Edo State, in Rivers in Akwa Ibom and even beyond the shores of this country but that does not mean that security-wise, are responsible.
“Everything should not be reduced to blame games, people of Benue State should form their own kind of Ebubeagu to protect their people instead of blaming Mr. President, Mr. President cannot be everywhere.
“If they want to belong to Ebonyi, let Benue people allow them so that we can get that place and protect their lives. They will fail to protect them and still pretend that the place is in Benue State.
“And let me warn, anybody that is not a security agency with Ak-47, it doesn’t matter who you are, if you come to Ebonyi with it, you must be fought to a standstill. Whether it is sticks, sand, or fire, anything we see, we will use and fight you.
“Enough of this madness; it is sheer madness. This kind of wickedness can bring a curse upon a nation; it’s not acceptable.
“When madness meets with madness, there is a balance of terror and sanity will return. We cannot fold our hands and watch our people slaughtered as such”, he said.
Governor Umahi wondered why the Benue state government up till the moment refused to take responsibility of protecting their citizens who duly pay their taxes and other obligations to their State government, stressing that the Benue state government should have visited the hospital to see where their indigenes are receiving treatment.
Some of the victims who spoke to THE SIGHT NEWS on their hospital beds, including one Stephen Nwagu and Lebechi Nwedoga, said the Izzi-speaking people of Nwori Nduobashi, and Obakotaru of Addo Local government were completely rendered desolate by the herdsmen.