- Benue and Taraba state governors have countered a statement made by Emir of Kano blaming the anti-open grazing law on herdsmen crisis in the two states
- The governors debunked the belief that they are sponsoring militia to counter-attack herdsmen in the state
- They urged the Emir of Kano to rather use his position as a traditional leader to help douse the heated situation between herders and farmer
Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom and Taraba state governor, Darius Ishaku, have both reacted to a statement made by Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, accusing them of sponsoring militia to attack herdsmen in the states.
Sanusi was reported to have said over the weekend that the vice president of Nigeria needs to invite the two governors and advise them to curtail the activities of the militia in their states.
Reacting to the statement made by the Emir, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ortom, Terver Akase, absolved his principal of the allegations, Channels TV reports.
Akase argued that if the governor was sponsoring the militia, they would not have launched an attack on the state.
Similarly, the senior special assistant to Governor Ishaku on media and publicity, Bala Abu, described the allegation as “false and unfair.”
Abu said: “The government has not recruited militia and is not involved in the training of such people anywhere in or outside of the state.
“The government advises the Emir to rather use his vantage position as a traditional and religious leader to complement the peace efforts of the government than raise unnecessary alarm capable of causing disaffection among the peace-loving people of Taraba state."
He added that the anti-open grazing law and the establishment of ranches are in furtherance of the state government’s peace efforts.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa state said government has put machinery in place to reclaim all designated grazing reserves that have been encroached upon in the state.
Al-Makura disclosed this at an expanded state security council meeting on Monday in Lafia.
He attributed the incessant clashes between farmers and herders to the encroachment on grazing reserves across the state.
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