Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom said President Muhammadu Buhari is complicit in the current insecurity plaguing the country.
“Mr. President is the one creating insecurity problem in this country. The grazing routes he is advocating will only cause crisis. No room for reviewing land use act and we are not going to allow the review in Benue, ”Ortom stated this during a tour of some projects embarked upon by his administration in Makurdi, the Benue State capital on Tuesday.
He vowed that the state will reject the planned review of the Land Use Act by the Federal Government with vehemence as it is meant to grab land for open grazing, cattle routes and grazing reserves.
The Governor also described as mischievous, news making the rounds about the statement credited to his Commissioner of Education, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar on open grazing, said Ityavyar’s statement that there is land for ranching in Benue is in order.
“I stand with my Commissioner on what he said that there is land for ranching in Benue. What we are against is open grazing. Our law is still in place and we will prosecute anybody who goes against the law.
“The only people who can reverse this is the Benue people, not even me. That is why I will continue to call on President Buhari to rescind his decision that open grazing must continue in Nigeria. Open grazing is outdated, there is no need for it, and we must ranch our cattle.
“I have maintained that there is land for everyone for ranching in Benue provided they respect the provisions of the law. We have not stopped anybody or tribe from doing business in Benue.
“We have been under pressure to repeal or review the law but we have stood our grounds and I still remain committed to anti open grazing in Benue and the law is for the people,” Ortom stated.