Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has condemned incitements emanating from some quarters against the state government’s Anti-open-grazing law which mandates that livestock farmers must ranch their stock in order to abate the farmers/herdsmen clashes which have engulfed the state in recent times.
Governor Ortom said that ranching is the standard practice all over the world and that those who advocate the continuation of open grazing responsible for the death of a large number of farmers and the sacking of entire villages, are mere mischief makers.
The governor explained that no Fulani man has been sent packing from the state by the new bill as being insinuated. He therefore called for understanding and cooperation of all peace loving people of Benue state. He assured the Fulanis of the government’s support but insisted that if anyone must rear cows, the person must ranch. Nothing more, nothing less.