Following the declaration by state governors that open grazing of livestock be banned in the country, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State said they are positive there are chances of improvement in security across Nigeria.
Recall that the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), on Monday, met in Akure, Ondo State with a joint declaration banning open grazing as a way out of violence and bloodshed from clashes between herdsmen and farmers across the nation.
A communique which read in part that “…free-range grazing must be stopped to avoid conflicts between farmers and herders” also harped on the need to forge cooperation between both groups as a way of strengthening the security and economy of the country.
The PDP in a press statement signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Bemgba Iortyom,
hailed the decision describing it as courageous.
He also said the decision pronouncement was a vindication of the stand earlier taken by Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom through his enactment and enforcement of the Prohibition of Open Grazing and Ranches Establishment Law (2017).
“Benue PDP affirms once again Governor Ortom’s stand that only a nationwide enforcement of the ban on open grazing will guarantee national security and stimulate economic recovery and growth.”
The party therefore urged stakeholders in the various states of the country to eschew politics and join forces with the governors to enact enabling legislation and legal frameworks relevant to the enforcement of the ban nationwide.