- Samuel Ortom, the Benue state governor, has explained why he implemented open grazing prohibition law in the state
- Ortom said the entire people of the state demanded for the law
- The governor said they had threatened to implement it themselves if he did nothing about it
Samuel Ortom, the Benue state governor, said his people would have stoned him if he failed to implement the open grazing prohibition law in the state.
Vanguard reports that Ortom made this known at a meeting with the leadership of Maiyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, traditional rulers, local government council chairmen and other stakeholders in the state.
According to him, “The entirety of our people demanded for the law, and from the response of the leadership of the various ethnic groups in the state, if I fail to implement the law, they have threatened to implement it themselves and that means chaos and instability will set in.
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''What that also means is that if this government fails to do the bidding of the majority of our people, we risk being stoned by the people who insisted that the law should come into being.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the governor on Sunday, October 22, restated his demand for the arrest of officials of Miyetti Allah Kautal over an alleged inciting statement capable of disrupting peace in the state.
Ortom said the latest statements credited to the leaders of the herders group in national dailies and other media platforms was an open declaration of war on the people of Benue.
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