Governor Ortom Of Benue state was right about the perpetrators of the attack on him anyways.
The Fulani Nationality Movement (FUNAM) has claimed responsibility for the attack on convoy of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue..
In a statement titled, ‘Why we attacked Ortom,’ issued by Umar Amir Shehu, published by Ripples, confirmed that FUNAM attacked the governor on behalf of millions of Fulanis.
It is not clear whether the ‘special detectives’ deployed in Benue by Abuja are investigating the group, or the State Security Service has FUNAM on its watchlist. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has accused Mr Buhari of failing to rein in killer herdsmen on the rampage across the country.
Last October, the Centre for Democracy and Development had concluded in a fact-check that “there is no group known as FUNAM.”
Though considered non-existent or faceless, FUNAM sees itself as acting on behalf of Fulani people in 15 countries. In Nigeria, violent attacks in the first six months of 2020 exceeded the total recorded in 2019. Much of the violence was attributed to the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Fulani extremists.