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Friday, 20 August 2021

Grazing routes: Ortom blasts Buhari, saysyou value cows More than Nigerians

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has on Friday, accused administration of President Muhammadu Buhari of prioritising the welfare of cows rather than that of Nigerians.

Ortom, was reacting to the statement from the Presidency saying that Buhari had approved recommendations of a committee to review with dispatch, 368 grazing sites across 25 states in the country to determine the levels of encroachment.

The Benue governor in a statement signed by his spokesman,Terver Akase, accused Buhari of making a move capable of plunging the country into further crisis.

The statement read: “In a country where insecurity has reached an all-time high with hundreds being killed by armed herdsmen, bandits, and other terrorists, the Presidency is only bordered about animals and their safety and is deploying all machinery and arsenals of government to impose grazing reserves and cattle routes on Nigerians. This is unacceptable!

“The Buhari administration has turned a blind eye to the unimaginable levels of encroachment on lands belonging to Nigerians by cattle. Mr President has never come out even once to condemn activities of herdsmen and the attacks they visit on innocent people. The only time the President is heard speaking about atrocities of the herders is when he defends them.


“It is now clear that the Presidency wants to plunge the country into avoidable crisis. Otherwise, what is the justification for President Buhari’s insistence that grazing reserves be established across the country when Nigerians have openly kicked against the policy and have embraced ranching in place of open grazing?”