- Governor Ortom said some northern states were keying into the anti-grazing law
- The Benue governor said herdsmen problem did not start in the Buhari administration
- He insisted he remains a member of the APC
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has reacted to rumour that he is leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC), perhaps due to attack by herdsmen in Benue state, saying he still remains a member of the ruling party,
Vanguard reports that the governor spoke on Tuesday, April 10, when he addressed the Benue state APC expanded caucus meeting in Makurdi.
The governor who described the rumour as baseless also said it was wrong for some persons to say the herdsmen attack started during President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
“I remain a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC. I have no intention of joining another political party. The rumour that I plan to dump APC is the handiwork of my detractors who want me to leave the party so that they can come in," Ortom said.
On the anti-grazing law, Ortom said it was being copied worldwide and that northern governors were also keying into it. He reiterated that Nigeria has always had herdsmen crises. "Even in my days as minister the crisis was there so it would be wrong for anyone to say that Buhari started it," he added.
Meanwhile, the United States ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, voiced support for Governor Samuel Ortom’s advocacy for the establishment of ranches for cattle rearing in Benue state.
The ambassador made his comments during a visit to the governor at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.
NAIJ.com gathers that Symington opined that Nigeria could be one of the highest income earners from milk production if cattle were properly reared in ranches, instead of open grazing.
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