Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has kicked against the implementation of the anti-grazing law, saying that he had warned his Benue state counterpart, Samuel Ortom over the law at the center of the crisis in the state.
Benue state had recently suffered a spate of killings perpetrated by suspected Fulani herdsmen who are thought to be resisting the implementation of the state’s anti-grazing law.
Speaking to State House correspondents in Abuja after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, Lalong said he had also resisted pressure to enact the law In Plateau and rather chose to embrace the idea of cattle ranching.
He said the anti-grazing law was divisive as it was targeted at a particular ethnic group.
Lalong observed: “To be honest with you, I told the governor of Benue when he was doing the law. I said look, why don’t you tread softly, just be careful, take other steps before you start implementation.
“But you see states are different, his own concepts are different and for us on the Plateau is different.
“I said I will not do the law before implementation. I have not developed the ranching areas, so I cannot go and say I put a law. To stop who? If I stop the people, what is the alternative?
“So, I said do consultations, allow the people to understand and buy into the concepts.”
While asserting that states were now accepting the ranching initiative as a way out of the incessant herdsmen and farmers clashes, Lalong was of the view that it would require the intervention of the federal government by way of policy and subsidy to work.
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