The people of Agatu local government area have commended Governor Samuel Ortom for his positive peace initiative towards ending the crisis between herdsmen and farmers in the area.
They gave the commendation last Monday during a security meeting held at the Council Hall of the local government.
Addressing the meeting, Sole Administrator of the Council, Mr. Mike Inalegwu, explained that it was held as a follow up to the expanded security meeting earlier held in Makurdi by the Governors of Benue and Nasarawa States with their Security Council members with Agatu and Fulani stakeholders where far-reaching decisions were taken to ensure peaceful existence between the herdsmen and their Agatu host.
Mr. Inalegwu maintained that no part of Agatu land was ceded to the Fulani as alleged by some people and charged the people of the area to embrace the peace initiative with both hands.
Also speaking, Chairman of Agatu Youths, Aboje Otene, commended the two governors for their peace efforts, pointing out that what Agatu deserved now was absolute peace and tranquility.
On his part, the Army Commander in-charge of Agatu, Major Umar, called for synergy between the people and security operatives to achieve positive results.
He explained that the visit of the Sole Administrator alongside heads of security agencies in the area to Loko in Nasarawa State was a security strategy, which had yielded fruitful result.
In a remark, Ad’Agatu, Chief Godwin Onah, who thanked the Governors of Benue and Nasarawa States for their maturity in handling the crisis between the Fulani and farmers, expressed dismay that some people could peddle unfounded rumours about such a sensitive issue and urged on the people to disregard it.
A statement by the Agatu Local Government Information Officer, Edwin Etuka, stated that the meeting was attended by all members of the Agatu Traditional Council, leadership of Agatu Youths from the five zones, heads of security agencies in the area, and other stakeholders.