Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has hailed the decision of the Southern Governors Forum to enact laws to ban open grazing of livestock in the region, describing it as a bold and patriotic move that will bring to an end the lingering crisis caused by armed herdsmen.
Governor Ortom, who made the commendation in a statement by his chief press secretary Terver Akase, lauded his counterparts in Southern Nigeria for backing their May 11 Asaba declaration with the resolve to legally prohibit nomadic cattle rearing.
He also commended the Southern Governors Forum for their position on the rotation of the presidency between the north and south of the country, beginning from 2023.
Governor Ortom said only equity, fairness, and justice can strengthen the unity of Nigeria, give all citizens a sense of belonging and reduce tension.
The Governor reechoed his call on the Federal Government to respect the 1999 Constitution (as amended) regarding fundamental human rights, the rule of law, and federal character.
He reaffirmed as well his belief in Nigeria’s unity and expressed optimism that the country will overcome its current challenges and emerge as a great nation.