Benue State Governor-elect,
Samuel Ortom, has expressed
his administration’s desire to
partner with the in-coming
Muhammadu Buhari-led All
Progressives Congress, APC,
government to end the incessant
clashes between farmers and
herdsmen in the state.
Ortom said this after a
courtesy call on President-elect
Buhari in Abuja.
He explained that the
incessant clashes had made life
difficult for the people of Benue
State, who are predominantly
According to him, tackling
the menace would go a long
way in reviving agriculture to
create jobs which would boost
the local economy as well as
contribute meaningfully to
national development.
He said, “Mr. Presidentelect,
Vice President-elect,
distinguished Nigerians, let
me draw our attention to a
very familiar threat to lives and
properties in this country; and
that is insecurity.
“As we all know, no country
or state can develop without
security. When we live in
peace, we can then put in place
strategic plans to boost our
economic development.
“We are all too familiar with
the incessant clashes between
pastoralists and farmers in
many parts of the country.
From Benue to Plateau, Taraba
to Zamfara, Katsina, name it.
“Several communities have
been sacked by these people,
whose business it has been to
spill innocent blood. For us in
Benue State, our people, who
are mostly farmers, cannot even
afford to go to their farms any
longer for fear of these people.
“Our new government in
Benue, will be happy to partner
with the Federal Government to
bring this menace to an end as
soon as possible.”
He likened Buhari’s tenacity,
which he said saw him
through the struggle to provide
leadership for the nation, to
the fighting spirit of the Benue
The governor-elect also
appealed to Buhari, whom he
noted had a long history of
affinity with Benue since his
days as a Brigade Commander
in Makurdi, to take a second
look at certain decisions, which
had robbed the state of federal
Ortom equally drew the
President-elect’s attention to
the sorry state of the power
sector, which he noted, had
crippled the growth of small
and medium scale enterprises