Miyetti Allah hails Ortom, expresses regrets over fulani killings


Nigerian Concord Newspaper

The Fulani Socio-cultural organization, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has hailed the governor of Benue state, Mr. Samuel Ortom, for staking his life while standing by the people of the state during the recent fulani killings in the state.

Speaking today in Makurdi during a peace initiative brokered by the Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyeama, the National Secretary of the association, Engr. Saleh Alhassan, who lauded Governor Ortom also apologized to the governor and the entire people of Benue. over herdsmen attacks and killings in the state.

The Miyetti Allah chief who expressed regrets of the herder group over the Benue killings also pledged to ensure peaceful coexistence between herdsmen and farmers moving forward.

He described Governor Ortom as a peace-loving man who stood firmly for the emancipation of his people.

The Miyetti Allah scribe gave assurance that members of the group would embrace the peace initiatives put forward by the Governor.

Responding, Governor Ortom stated that the enactment of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law by Benue State Government was to end the killing of innocent people and encourage ranching as the global best practice of animal husbandry.

He stated that any person or ethnic group wishing to rear livestock in the state was free to come, acquire land and ranch according to provisions of the ranching law of the state.

The Governor noted that the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law protects both farmers and livestock owners, adding that legislation was not meant to promote crisis of any kind.

Chief Onyeama had earlier, emphasised the need for peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders in Benue State, saying he personally brought Alhaji Saleh to broker peace between Miyetti Allah groups and the people of the state.