Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom has declared his readiness to face Cattle Rearers who have taken him to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.
Ortom said he was ready to challenge cattle breeders association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore at the ICC after the organization dragged him to the apex court for implementing the anti-grazing law.
He made the revelation at a stakeholders’ meeting at the Benue Peoples’ House in Makurdi on Monday.
“I heard that they have taken us to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Who is the criminal in this case? I am ready to meet them there.
We will work together and succeed for the sake of posterity. When our collective interest is threatened, we need to come together and fight.
We need to fight this common goal and until justice is done. I will not stop until justice is done to Benue people,” he stressed.
A former leader of the Northern Elders Forum, Paul Unongo, said the Benue people could not submit themselves to be slaughtered as chickens, urging them to rise up and defend themselves.
He maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari must come to the state and condole with the people, as people normally do to the bereaved.
Unongo said: “You must stand by your governor and make new friends who will help you because you are a threatened species. We need respect because we have done a lot of things to deserve this.”