Benue killings : No time for blame game- senator Udende


By Okechukwu Jombo

Senator representing Benue North East on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Emmanuel Memga Udende has called on every stakeholder in the state to close ranks in order to address the hydra-headed senseless killings and unnecessary bloodbath rather than aportion blames and making incisive comments .

Senator Udende had moved the motion on the killings of innocent people of his Senatorial district which resulted in the resolution of the Senate to collate and transmit all resolutions on insecurity to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for necessary and further actions.

The Senate, on the strength of the motion, equally resolved to raise a delegation to interface with the President as well as the Benue State Governor, Rev Fr. Hyacinth Alia with the view to finding a lasting solution to the ongoing carnage.

The federal lawmaker reiterated his commitment to doing everything within the law to ensure that peace returns to Benue North East senatorial zone and the entire state in general.

He maintained that apportioning blames and surreptitious ways of casting aspersions on others by some leaders will only aggravate the already galloping security situation in Benue state .

According to senator Udende, the decision of the Senate was straight forward and intends to bring all stakeholders on the same page in the fight against terrorism, kidnapping and avoidable killings of innocent and vulnerable Nigerians and Benue in particular .

He maintained that an enduring peace in Benue state will open the floodgate of opportunities for the citizenry and create meaningful and lawful ways of engaging the youths who have become tolls in the hands of merchants of violence.

Expressing appreciation to the Senate for a successful debate on the motion , senator Udende further called on all community and religious leaders in his senatorial district to engage their subjects and assist the security operatives with useful informations that will nip any security threat to the bud.

In a statement signed by his media adviser Jerry Iorgaem, the Senator pointed out that the welfare and wellbeing of the people remains the primary responsibility of governments at all levels, stressing that “there will be nobody to govern or lead if we allow primordial or political sentiments to overshadow our collective responsibilities to protect those who elected us into office”

“As leaders we must also measure our words and refrain from making comments that fall short of the offices and positions of trust that we occupy “.

“What we have today is beyond grandstanding postures, it is not a matter we treat with lavity. We must make conscious efforts at addressing and admitting the realities and not some blame game. If anybody knows those perpetrating this killings such person should expose them with evidences and let them face the law.

“It is baffling for any body to suggest that because a crisis has lingered for sometimes, it should not be tackled or the right thing can’t be done”.

He commiserated with families of the deceased and Benue North East over the unprovoked attacks that led to lost of lives and destruction of properties,adding, ” my heart is filled with sadness and sorrow”.