What Is Happening In Benue Valley
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What is Happening In Benue Valley

 am here calling attention to the rest of the world about what has been happening in Benue Valley In Nigeria in the state of Benue.

 

We have an election in the state of Benue in April 2011 where the opposition had overwhelmingly won the election but the incumbent Governor, Governor Gabriel Suswam decleared himself the winner. By the Nigerian constitution, the looser can go to the tribunal and seek redress and this did not seat well with the governor. He had tried in many ways including monetarily induce to his opponent the governor candidate of ACN Prof. Steve Ugbah, but the professor has been firm to recover the mandate that the people voted him in power.

 

The pictures you see above are the assassination attempt of Professor Steve Ugbah that unfortunately got his media advisor Charles Ayede. On that particular day, words had reached the campaign in Abuja that there would been an assassination attempt on the Governors opponent. So on their convoy from Abuja to Makurdi, (2.5 hour drive) they decided to split their convoy in three and Ugbah did not drive in the same vehicle with Charles as usual. And the result is what you see in the pictures.

 

This was not the only assasination attempt on proffessor Ugbah. in addition to the attempts to kill his opponent, The Governor of Benue state had in several occasions harrased and brutalized members of the opposition party through his thugs and political mob.

 

As I write this article, the governors thugs operate freely in Makurdi extorting money from merchants that they feel are sympathizers to the opposition party. If you are not sympathetic to the ruling party, you will not be granted housing or permits or license to build or operate or establish a business in the state of Benue. If you insist on doing so through other means or ways, your business or establishment will be vanderlized.

 

The progress in education in Benue which is the bedrock of progress in any society is held hostage in the state of Benue because, there is a clear evidence that the government of Benue has ne interest to improve the educational standard of the state. Teachers are not paid months for several months while the governor travels abroad about 2 to 3 times a month.

 

The tuition rates have been increased several times last year alone. This a a heavy burden on the parents and families of the students in this area. Because of heavy taxation in addition to high cost of education has rendered parents of these students hopeless. Without a voice and fear of intimidation, the sate of education in the valley is at a stand still. The only university that offers courses in medicine and law has been either denied accreditation or the process of accreditation withdrawn because of the government's inability to satisfy the condition of accreditation.

 

This in not the first time that the people of Benue state have been subjected or poised for elimination or extermination. It happened sometimes in 2001/2002 by the administration of president Olusegun Obansanjo. In the local government of Ukum, during this period, the then president sent a military battalion who anilated the areas burning villages and farm land and killing scores of inhabitants of the area. Up till now the people have not been compensated by the federal government for crimes against humanity.

 

The young people of this valley, this state of Benue are sick and tired of living in fear. They have therefore formed a union to come together and fight the state government legally and constitutionally for their rights, freedom and liberty. "The Benue Liberty's Union"  Its membership comprises of university students, recent university graduates, unemployed, the poor and voiceless. We will need your support at sometime and we hope you will be there for us. We need the world to hear us before we are completely exterminated from the Benue valley.

 

Thanks for reading.

Samuel I. Akough

 

 


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