Killings: Gowon demands Miyetti Allah leadership’s arrest

Former Head of State, Gen . Yakubu Gowon (retd ), has expressed serious concerns over the security situation in the country, saying that the situation if not immediately addressed, could lead to a religious war .
Gowon spoke on Saturday at the Benue People ’ s House , Makurdi, when he visited Governor Samuel Ortom to commiserate with the government and the people of the state over the wanton killings and destruction of properties in the state .
He particularly expressed worry over the killings of innocent and unarmed villagers by armed herdsmen , which had yet to be stopped by appropriate authorities .
Gowon , who said he was disappointed at the handling of the security situation in the country, said , “ Security agencies should invite and question the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore who had threatened to unleash violence on Benue State and later justified the killings and their roles. ”
The former Head of State who said he was out of the country when two priests and 17 worshipers were killed in a church in the state during morning mass, expressed the condolences of his group , ‘ Nigeria Prays ’ to the governor.
He said , “I am sad and worried at the religious dimension the killings are assuming .
“ It is worrisome to see innocent people being killed . Government should make more efforts to tackle the insecurity situation in the country before it descends into a full religious war . ”
Gowon commended Ortom and the Benue State government for the way they had so far handled the issues of killings and devastation of communities .
He said , “ For us to survive as a nation ; we must learn to live together as one regardless of ethnicity or religion ”.

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