Photo: Ortom Says No To Grazing Reserve, To Pass Law Prohibiting Grazing In Benue

The Governor of Benue State, Dr Samuel Ortom, said  there is no land for grazing reserves in Benue.

He made this known to members of the Non-Partisan Movement Against Fulani Occupation (MAFO) when paid him a visit at the Benue’s People.

According to the Governor, “We don’t have land for grazing in Benue State. The state and Federal Government must work together to help the herdsmen, but not at the detriment of the farmers.
If we can Borrow democracy from America, why don’t we Borrow Ranching from America? For us in Benue, we don’t have land for Grazing,”

He further added that he is working very quickly on an Executive Bill to prohibit Grazing in Benue State.

He noted that he is expecting his colleagues on the Governors Forum to come to Benue soon to see things for themselves. “I was first contacted by my colleagues the Governors forum before they went to Enugu, then I was in China, they wanted to come when I will be around, we have agreed on a day and Thursday this week they will be in Benue to see things for themselves”.

On their part, MAFO presented a copy of the MAFO draughted Ranching Bill to the Governor.

In his response, the Governor commended the efforts of MAFO advocacy campaign in putting an end to the Fulani menace in the state. He told the members of MAFO that his administration is open to constructive criticism. Rather than criticising the foundation we have put in place through falsehood, people should rather bring their grievances to the table for discussion.

On the issue of Beef Boycott, the Governor clearly stated that he has to consult Benue people before a definite stand could be taken.

It should be recalled that MAFO took the Federal Government and a cornucopia of Nigeria Security Agencies to ECOWAS over the tepid way they responded to the genocide visited on Benue by the Fulani Herdsmen Terrorist. They are also advocating for Benue’s people to boycott beef so as to harm the business of the marauders within Benue.

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