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I Forgive Lalong For Comments On Grazing Law – Ortom

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has reacted to the comments made by his Plateau State counterpart, Mr Simon Lalong, about the prohibition of open grazing in Benue.

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"This is unfortunate, not only coming from the governor, but also on a day when the government and people of Benue held a mass burial for hapless women and children murdered on the first day of the year, ordinarily a day of jubilation".

"At no time did my colleague warned me about this law but even if he had warned me, it was beyond me", Governor Ortom said.

The Benue Governor revealed that he was under threat from his people who were seeking to protect themselves against the invaders who have been attacking the state since 2011 without arrests save endless police investigations.

"While commiserating with the immediate families of the victims of the condemnable killings of the past few days in Benue State and the entire citizens of the state, we can not but condemn the actions of some of our states' chief executives, including Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, whose actions, abuse of state power and the prevailing insecurity situation in their states, have led to the loss of the innocent lives of some citizens of the state", the statement signed by the group's convener, Mr Odeyemi Oladimeji, said.

"So in essence, we can say that farmers need Fulani herdsmen and vice versa for the country's economic growth and development", Bello-Torob said.

He said, "To be honest with you, I advised him".

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"While as patriots and stakeholders in the Nigerian polity, we can no longer subscribe to Governor Ortom futile argument or his grandstanding on the perennial farmers/pastoralists conflict, which the Governor has clandestinely exploited in Benue State for political reasons".

"But you see, states are different".

"As a lawyer, we expect him to know that land is owned by families and traditional communities and that there are intricate processes before acquisition and so should have taken time to consult widely before rushing to Chief Audu Ogbe" s office".

But Chuhwak said: what Lalong actually meant in the interview was that implementing a policy, like ban on open grazing, without alternative measures would be counter- productive.

"He has also failed to mention which law put the ranching policy in the state in place".

"So, I said 'do consultations allow the people to understand and buy into the concepts'". If I stop the people, what is the alternative?

Peeved by the comments, Ortom denied ever being counseled by Lalong on the new law, which had since gone into operation in Benue before the massacre early this month.

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