Exactly 9th of september 1999, my family relocate to Makurdi, the Benue state capital. It was a state which openly define itself in terms of both spirituality and of human liberty. It is that unique self-definition which has given its citizens an exceptional appeal. But it also impose on them a special obligation, to take on those moral duties which when assumed, seem invariably to be in their best interest.
The serene of symbiotic relationship that exist between the three major ethnic groups(Tiv, Idoma and Igede) created a national spirit of unity and trust such that the strength of one can compensate for the weakness of the other, and the wisdom of one can help the other to minimise mistakes.
Needless to admit that internal crisis find its way into this society, but it was curtailed among themselves before it escalates to lose of lives and property. But today, the case is different. The joyful wails of this one time peaceful cohabited citizens is today polluted and rendered more intolerable by the jubilant shouts that hit them from the fulani’s local gun and the imaginary hands that strangle them to death.
Progress towards resolving whatever led to this inhuman killing of the Tiv people by the Fulani’s which is only retaliated by the killing of cows by the Tiv’s is persistently threatened by its escalation now engulfing all parts of the state(apology to hyperbole) and have commands all citizens attention including security agents, absorb their very being,
Benue state now face a hostile ideology, global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose and insidious in method. Unhappily, the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet its end successfully, there is call for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable the state to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burden of a prolonged and complex struggle. Only thus shall the people of Benue(precisely the Tiv’s) remain, despite every provocation on their charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment between them and the passer-by Fulani’s in their land since the crisis has become a recurrent event claiming lives of innocent citizens like the six that left for Adam’s bosom to stray bullets and imaginary hands