Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has solicited prayers to avert the invasion of the state by herdsmen who he said have concluded plans to invade the state in order to thwart the implementation of the anti-open grazing law.
The Governor spoke at the funeral service for the late Mama Atese Rebecca Terkpe at the NKST Church, Taraku in Gwer local government area.
He stated that he received security reports that Fulani herdsmen across the West African sub region were planning to invade the state and called on the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria to organize prayers and fasting for divine intervention.
Governor Ortom described the anti-open grazing law as the best solution for restoring peace between farmers and herders and urged the people of the state to support its implementation which was said was imperative.
He appealed to the people to shun communal violence over land but rather resort to dialogue in the resolution of disputes adding that lives and property lost during crisis could not be replaced.
The Governor described the deceased as a God fearing woman who raised her offspring in the fear of God and also impacted positively on her society.
In his sermon, Rev J. I. Buruku, enjoined Christians to embrace the light so as to escape the works of darkness.
Son-in-law of the deceased, Mr. Stephen Amase, in his vote of thanks expressed appreciation to those who made spiritual and material contributions towards the funeral as well as those who took time to personally pay last respects.