By Ogbolu George
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, has disclosed that he banned herdsmen from public grazing to promote the state’s economy and protect lives and property.
Ortom revealed this on Friday, when the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) paid him a visit.
In a bill titled ”Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, 2017,” the Benue State House of Assembly prohibited open grazing and rearing of livestock.
”What you see in that bill is a decision, not just of the governor, or the speaker or members of the Benue State House of Assembly, but the decision of Benue State because the bill was subjected to public hearing and the people were unanimous.
”Benue State has 23 local government areas, but 12 have been under siege by Fulani herdsmen.
”Benue State was completely under siege for two years. It is not a crime that God gave us a green land and as we are known as the food basket of the nation, we are not going to farm in the air or on the sea, or any other place, it is on land,” he said.
Plea to Herdsmen
Ortom said the state government had pleaded with herdsmen to stop killing residents but they refused to listen.
”There is no way we can compete with grazing. It is impossible for grazing to go along side with farming. And for several years we have pleaded with the herdsmen to stop killing people, but they continued killing,” he said.
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