We Will Not Surrender Benue State to Killers Herdsmen – Ortom - eritvnews

We Will Not Surrender Benue State to Killers Herdsmen – Ortom


The Benue state governor has blamed the minister of defense for criticizing the anti-grazing bill in Benue state.  He noted that it was under the watchful eyes of the minister of defense that Fulani Herdsmen moved about with AK-47 and were going about killing people of Benue state and the minister was quiet.

The governor made the declaration while faulting a statement credited to the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, saying the enactment of the anti-grazing law was responsible for the attacks perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen.

Speaking with the press, Ortom said that the Minister’s claim was an indication that he was part of the alleged conspiracy against people of Benue State.
According to Ortom, “What we did was the popular wish of the people. The law was not smuggled. It was a product of the cry of the people and as a responsible government, we heard their cry and presented a bill before the State House of Assembly that went further to do public hearings across the state to get the input of everyone that was concerned because of the importance of the bill.

“Today, you talk about ranching in some states, grazing reserve in some states and tomorrow you talk about colony. I don’t understand, when globally what is being practised is ranching. I heard and I saw the Minister of Defence after their security meeting.
 “This is someone who is a Minister, who is educated and has travelled far and wide round the globe. How could he say that?

 “The other day, the Federal Government came out with a pronouncement that it was ISIS, a terrorist group in West Africa that is attacking Benue people and on the other hand, I was told that the Minister said that we should accommodate foreigners.
“What a country? Foreigners come in without valid papers and they come to take over your land and you surrender it to them? Minister, I will not do that in Benue State, we will not surrender our land.”

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