The Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, has revealed that the Benue state government is ready to give lands to fulani herders who are interested in cattle ranching. ayokinews.com reports
Governor Ortom who was represented by his state Commissioner of Education, Dennis Ityavyar, made this known during the 72nd birthday party of former Nigerian Ambassador to Mexico, Iyorwuese Hagher, in Abuja.
He was quoted as saying, “The Tiv people are historically the friends of the Fulanis and I like to submit that friendship still exists.
“And so, I warn those people, who are either using politics or those who are criminals and trying to sell what’s wrong to people.
“His Excellency, Governor Samuel Ortom has explained again and again that we, the Benue people, are not against the Fulani.
“We are still friends.
“Those who have a lot of cattle are still using ranching, and any Fulani person who wants to establish ranching in Benue will have the land. Even if our ‘Chairman’ wants to start a ranch, he will get the land today.
”We will give you land and start the ranching today so that people will see it as a model and wherever we go, we want to correct the impression because if you read history, you will see that we have always been friends with Fulani.”