The United Nations, the UN, revealed Tuesday that more than 1,400 people have been killed by Fulani pastors in a six-month period.
The UN Country Director, Edward Kallon, lamented the flood of murders in Nigeria, which is the result of banditry and kidnapping of alleged pastors.
Latest Nigeria Newspaper report that Kallon declared this in Makurdi, capital of the state of Benue, in a meeting with Governor Samuel Ortom.
He noted that the murders of armed shepherds and bandits outweigh the murders of Boko Haram terrorists in the country.
He said: “Pockets of conflict and insecurity in the country in general, especially where I am today (Benue), the crisis of shepherds and farmers and also kidnapping and banditry. This is really getting out of hand now.
“The last statistics I saw from the government were that more than 1,400 people were killed as a result of kidnapping and banditry since the elections.
“This is not a pleasant statistic.” Kallon also noted that institutional failure at all levels of government was responsible for the murders.
Therefore, he asked the government to pay attention to the problems of insecurity.
“We all know the statistics and the threat of pastoralist / farmer problems. There were more people killed by the pastoralist and farmer crisis than the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria.
“When I said this in Abuja, it was not well received, but that was one of the statistics we have. All this is due to weak institutions and the government deficit at the federal, state and local levels, ”said Kallon.
The UN director is in the state of Benue to follow up on the previous UN commitment to support the rehabilitation and resettlement program for victims of attacks by pastors in the state.