Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue State, has said he will not repeal his anti-grazing law despite recent attacks by herdsmen in the state.
The law, among other things, prohibits movement of livestock on foot within the state.
Speaking at a mass burial for 73 victims of the herdsmen crisis in Makurdi, the state capital, on Thursday, Ortom insisted on ranching, saying “it is the best way to go and it is in conformity with global best practices”.
He also blamed the “silence” of the federal government for the killings.
The governor stated that if the federal government had acted on the reports he gave it concerning the threats of attacks by the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, the killings would have been averted.
He urged the federal government to arrest the leadership of the Miyetti Allah because they had made incisive statements against the state.
Ortom also rejected the suggestion for the state to create a cattle colony or grazing routes for herdsmen.
He said the suggestions were not acceptable to the Benue people.
The governor said since the state does not have adequate land for farmers, there is no space to give herdsmen for grazing.