Herdsmen Attack: Open Grazing Prohibition Law Would Not Be Repealed – Ortom
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Wednesday evening said the renewed killings in the state by suspected armed herdsmen would not compel the government to repeal the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law enacted by the government in 2017.
Ortom stated this while reacting to the Tuesday attack on timber dealers in the Guma local government area of the state.
He expressed that citizens of the state have remained resolute for not surrounding the land to Fulani herdsmen who are terrorizing the people.
The governor accused the federal government for support herdsmen to terrorize Nigerians for their selfish agenda of the colony.
Ortom said, “Even in the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, I have asked them severally if we should repeal the grazing law but they insisted that the law must be in place, and not repealed.
“So those who are thinking that they would come and repeal the law are only daydreaming. Those behind the plot should come here to Benue and tell the people that, and see if they will not be stoned.
“So for us in Benue State, we have taken a no retreat, no surrender posture. I am not intimidated and Benue people are not intimidated. I will continue to do the bidding of the Benue people who elected me and have stood solidly behind me in the last seven years.
“The renewed killings will not intimidate us. I have asked my people to get themselves armed to defend themselves. We must not allow the terrorists to get to us, we must all defend ourselves and not allow them to get to you first.
“It is unfortunate that our country has come to this. President Muhammadu Buhari must know that all is not well with Nigeria and those telling him that everything, on the contrary, is fine are not telling him the truth. They are deceiving him and they do not mean well to this country.
“The President must know that nobody is safe in this country anymore. Our worship places, our roads and even the rail lines are no longer safe. The president must know that terrorists have surrounded Nigeria and the citizens have become easy prey.
“The President must be told that everything he thinks he has achieved in his tenure has all been rubbished by the worsening insecurity in the country and he has an opportunity to remedy the situation before the expiration of his tenure