IN VIEW of the increasing
attacks by herdsmen, the
Progressive Governor’s Forum
has endorsed cattle ranching
against the proposed grazing
reserve.
The aim, according to the
forum, is to minimise the
incessant conflicts between
farmers and herdsmen across
the country.
The decision was taken in
Makurdi, the Benue State
capital, when governors
elected on the platform of the
All Progressives Congress,
APC, paid a courtesy visit on
Governor Samuel Ortom.
The visiting governors
condoled with Governor
Ortom over the killing of
farmers by armed herdsmen in
the state.
Community and opinion
leaders gathered to listen to the
much needed message of hope
and ways of ending armed
herdsmen killings. The host governor briefed
his colleagues on the criminal
activities of the herdsmen.
He lamented the inability of
security agencies to make a single
arrest of the invaders.
The APC governors were
moved by the agonizing stories
of how human lives were being
wasted in the state.
Chairman of the forum and
Governor of Imo State, Mr Rochas
Okorocha, asked Nigerians to
hold them responsible if the
government fails to secure their
lives.
He warned against the
consequences of ignoring
herdsmen attacks on Benue
communities.
The Governor of Niger State,
Abubakar Bello, also added the
forum’s voice to the campaign
for the establishment of ranches
instead of the proposed grazing
reserve areas.
He said ranches will minimise
frictions between farmers and
herdsmen.
Last week, the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose,
had banned Fulani herdsmen
from all activities in the state.
Fayose announced a blanket
ban on cattle grazing and rearing
in the state and said those
interested in the business should
go and set up private cattle
ranches.
He made this known when he
visited Oke-Ako in Ikole
Local Government Area.
Oke-Ako was invaded
last Friday by Fulani
herdsmen who killed
two residents of the
town and injured others.
He warned that
government will
henceforth confiscate
any cattle seen anywhere
in the state apart from
ranches created for them
by their owners.
He described the
herdsmen that attacked
Oke-Ako and other
communities in the
country as “agents of the
devil that must be fished out and punished accordingly.”
The governor was quoted as
saying: “We will not leave our
lands for Fulani herdsmen and in
a system were the leadership of
the country looks the other way
while our people are being killed.
We will have no option than to
defend ourselves by whatever
means.”


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