Samson Osup, Lafia.
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa and his Benue state counterpart, Samuel Ortom have appealed to the federal Government to halt its proposed plan to withdraw Military personnel from the crisis areas in the two states.
The Governors made the appeal on Sunday, during a joint security meeting at the government House, Lafia the Nasarawa state Càpital.
Speaking during the meeting which was attended by traditional Rulers and top government functionaries from the two states, Abdullahi Sule said the meeting became necessary due to resurface of security threats along some border Communities between the two states.
The governor who reiterated his administration’s commitment to the promotion of peace, charged his Benue counterpart to support his initiative to enable the affected areas have absolute peace.
Responding, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom said his administration is committed to enhancing peace and good governance, adding that the enactment of the Anti Open Grazing Prohibition Law in his state is geared towards achieving the needed peace.
According to him the two states have been coexisting peacefully before now and wonders the causes for the current situation.
Ortom who disclosed that the Anti Open Grazing Prohibition Law in his state has come to stay, emphasised that any one who is into Cattle business in the state should go into ranching.
He expressed the need for government of the two states to team up and tackle criminal activities at the border communities.
In his remarks, Chairman Nasarawa state Council of Chief who is the Emir of Lafia, Sidi Bage appealed to the government of Benue state to relax the Anti Open Grazing Prohibition Law for the purpose of peace between the two states.
On his part the Tor Tiv Prof. James Ortese Ayatse who was represented by Moses Anagende said before the Anti Open Grazing Prohibition Law, farmers in Benue State had faced a lot of challenges ranging from destruction of their farm produce, properties as well as deaths due to herdsmen attacks.
He said that the Law has since led to relative peace in the state.