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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Governor Ortom Rejects FG's Proposal, Says I Don't Understand It

Apparently faulting the Federal Government’s solution to the ceaseless killings by heardsmen nationwide, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has insisted that ranching rather than colonies was the sustainable solution to the menace. The governor, who dissociated himself from the suggestion for ‘cattle colonies’ proposed by the central government,
said: “I am waiting to be briefed ‎about what colonies mean. I don’t understand and know what the whole thing means.”
He, however, backed the setting up of a military base to checkmate the activities of marauding herders in the state.

He said: “Anything ‎that can stop the killing of my people I will go for it. Any policy or directive that will help stop the killing of these innocent will be supported.

“We know that the lingering crisis would create more challenges. I don’t want it to continue. We are struggling with economic, political, security as well as other issues in this country. Benue State should not be part of this.”

The governor made his position known while speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He also dismissed the claim by the chairman of the state chapter of Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Garos Gololo that the killings were in retaliation to the alleged rustling of 1,000 cows by some people in the state.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, on Monday, disclosed that everything had been put in place by the Federal Government to establish cattle colonies as parts of efforts to address crisis.

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Endy Edeson

AMEN Ahile, it's quite sad

Enyinda Nathaniel Okey

why is the Fed Govt after the conquest of Benue?
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Joseph Tyokoso Akwente

Endy Edeson the lives of cattles worth more than the lives of my people it's very unfortunate. My pains is that i warn my people but they didn't listen.
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Jeremiah Ademolu

The only problem i have with Ortom is he's too sluggish, there's Constitutional power giving to every governor in their state, what stop him from using that Powers???
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Mary Tsehe

Painful, I totally regret voting Buhari,come to benue and have a look on how we are bin slaughtered like animals
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Ahmed Shuaibu Bunkau

tiv people/government should stop harassing, intimidating herdsmen. they also stop taking their cattle away in the name of anti Fulani law.
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Abiola Ajayi

This is so painful when the life of cow is more valuable than that of human being .
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Salako Saint's Stephen

It is only Gov Fayose know how to handle them
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Okika David Inter'l

Is a pity that some people after voting for a demonic change will come here and cry foul. You all had ur chance to save Nigeria but threw it away. Good morning sleeping Nigerians!!!!
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Enenche Victor

Our sell-out political rulers should make a u-turn and equip our people with sophisticated weapon to defend them self.this is the only way out else the killings will continue

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