Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has responded to a claim made by his neighboring governor, Simon Lalong of Plateau state concerning the Fulani Herdsmen crisis in the state.
Lalong had told newsmen on Thursday that he advised his Benue state counterpart Samuel Ortom against the open grazing prohibition bill but his warnings went unheeded. He basically blamed the recent massacre of Benue residents by Fulani herdsmen on the implementation of the law.
Ortom has however described Lalong’s narrative as false He said he was not warned by his colleague against the law, and that the Plateau governor had even considered implementing the same law at some point
Ortom responded to Lalong on the occasion of a condolence visit by leaders of ACF.
His key points:
- “At no time did my colleague warn me about this law. Even if he had warned me, it was beyond me. It’s about Benue State and am not talking of Plateau state.”
- “The Law is what the Benue people want. It’s there any person in Benue that’s against this law? The answer is no. I consulted widely and it originated from the people themselves.”
- “And when I saw what he said on television, I tried to get to him but he did not pick my call.”
- “I wanted to remind him that the last time I went to Jos was to attend a Thanksgiving service. On my way back from church, I stopped to pay him homage. And he told me that he was under pressure to also enact the law. In any case, I’ve forgiven him.”