Former Deputy Governor of Benue State, Chief Steve Lawani has alledged that politicians have a hand in the ongoing killings in Benue state.
Lawani who is also a senatorial aspirant in Benue South District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the killings did not start during President Muhammadu’s regime but only increased because of sponsorship by politicians in order to discredit the government.
“They are various explanations that have been given about the happenings in Benue, Taraba, Zamfara and Plateau. But these killings did not start under Buhari, it has been there even when Jonathan was President.
“I think the problem only increased and if not the proactive actions of this President it would have been worst by now. Let me also state that these killings are not a creation of the Federal Government. If you know how herdsmen behave, they are unforgiven and when you hurt them ten years ago, they always come for revenge.
“Apart from that, we have discovered that there are criminal elements posing as herdsmen who are perpetrating this evil. Intelligence is showing that people who feels that the anti-corruption war of the Federal Government is hitting at them, are fighting back using these criminal means to destroy the name of this administration.
“These politicians are sponsoring these killings, but that is why we are appealing to security agencies to fish them out. The opposition is sponsoring mayhem against this government.”
He however hope that the government will find ways of combating the crisis irrespective of the root cause.
“I hope that the strategies being deployed by the President Buhari led administration to check the excesses of these miscreants will stop these killings.”