Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Tuesday said that the state would soon sign the anti-open grazing bill into law to end clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
He said this in Abuja after updating Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on the security situation in the state.
The Governor who said the human soul is very precious noted that it is possible for herdsmen and farmers to live in peace.
“We will soon sign the anti-open grazing bill into law and we look forward that we will receive the same cooperation from farmers and herdsmen so that we can live together as brothers and sisters.
“We can do it; it is achievable, living without strife, fighting and killings; we can live.
“Human life is very precious to some of us and we will do everything to protect lives and properties of the state.’’
He said the herdsmen and the farmers are now cooperating and the understanding is that no one should encroach into anyone’s farm, whether cattle-breeding or farming activities.
“In Benue State, almost all the land is for cultivation; so it is difficult to talk about grazing and the herdsmen too are quite understanding in this regard,’
“Those ones that cannot live within the community except they do open grazing are already exiting to other places where there is land, the Governor said.
NAN reported that governor who also affirmed his administration’s stand against corruption,
said that it was the duty of all Nigerians and professionals to work together to eliminate the vice.
“It is the duty of all of us to work together to eliminate corruption because that has been the problem and people were not bold enough until President Muhammadu Buhari came in.
“For some us we are actively supporting what the federal government is doing so that together we can eliminate this corruption.
“Nigeria has no business with poverty because we have enough.
“The only problem is corruption and all of us, journalists, government officials, leaders, everybody must come together to ensure that we eliminate corruption,’’ Ortom said.