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Herdsmen Attacks National Challenge – Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom says attacks on farmers by herdsmen was a national challenge that required the cooperation of all Nigerians to surmount. He spoke in Makurdi at the weekend when he received a delegation from the Arewa Consultative Forum led by the Chairman, Senator John Shagaya at the Benue Peoples House.

Governor Ortom prayed that other states might not experience a situation in where more than 73 people lost their lives to the herdsmen attacks at the beginning of the year alone. According to him several states including Zamfara, Adamawa, Kaduna, Plateau, Ebonyi, Ogun, Abia, and Niger have suffered attacks which indicates that the problem transcended individual states. He stated that the photograph he saw of President Muhammadu Buhari at his ranch in Daura recently had given Nigerians the direction that ranching was the way to go in animal husbandry, noting that as a disciplined person, the President knows what is good for the country. Governor Ortom said he had forgiven all those whose actions and words had caused pains to people of the state including his Plateau State Counterpart, Simon Lalong, who is quoted to have made some uncomplimentary comments about the Benue killings. He expressed appreciation to President for making frantic efforts to end the attacks including the relocation of the Inspector General of Police to the State and directing the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to provide relieve materials for distribution to affected communities. The Governor reiterated his position that he had withdrawn from political activities to concentrate on finding a solution to the crisis and advised those politicising the issue to desist forthwith as it would rather aggravate the situation. Earlier,the leader of the delegation, Senator Shagaya who said they were in the State to mourn with the government and the people over the killings, urged the Governor to continue with his constructive engagement with the federal government, his colleagues and security agencies to find a lasting solution to the challenge. Senator Shagaya condemned the killings while commending Governor Ortom for maintaining calm, law and order despite the callous act, describing those that carried out the attacks as enemies of the State and agents of disunity.