Just like farmers; Fulani herdsmen have the right to live – APC governors
Against the backdrop of persistent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers across the country, governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have stated that the herdsmen have the right to live.
Speaking with reporters on behalf of his colleagues after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom said there is now relative peace in his state because both farmers and herdsmen have agreed to work together.
His words, “With the collaboration with some security agencies in my state and with the support of Mr. President, I can say that it is relatively calm.
“Today, the issue of herdsmen and farmers; we have been able through dialogue to agree to work together in a manner that there will be a win-win situation. Yes, the herdsmen have their rights to live but the farmers too have their rights to live and do their farming activities.
“The herdsmen too must find ways of relating with the farmers and not encroaching on people’s farms. We have told our people that we need one another. Life is complimentary and we need one another.
‘’We must complement one another by ensuring that anyone who has a chosen career must be supported to pursue it. And so today, the state is relatively calm.
“There were other issues bothering on economy. Today, we are talking about diversifying the economy and we have comparative advantage in agriculture, that is what we are promoting.
‘’We are expecting multiple harvests this year. Our people yielded to advice to go back to farm because food first before any other thing. We also appreciate the investors who are coming into the state to process our primary products.
‘’So, it is important that once in a while, I brief Mr. President about the development in my state.”
While proffering lasting solution to the farmers/herdsmen clash, Ortom stated that ranching was the answer, stressing that, “I have always said this, if we can copy the presidential system from America, why can we copy ranching? But you see, it is a gradual process and cannot be done over night.”
The Governor had recently described the herdsmen invasion of 14 of the 23 Local Government Areas of the state as a disastrous incident which had left the victims in pains.
Via Daily Post