Herdsmen killings: We are winning – Gov Ortom speaks on Miyetti Allah’s stand


Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has commended Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN, for accepting to adopt cattle ranching as a solution to the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the state.

Speaking with Vanguard, the governor said his administration was winning the war because the herdsmen had opted to adopt cattle ranching.

According to Ortom, “we are winning because Miyetti Allah and MACABAN have accepted that ranching remains the best option to rear cattle.

“And we commend them and we will work with them to see how our law can wear human face to ensure that we have a win-win for all.

“The 20 million cattle in Nigeria cannot cope with open grazing. So, we must adopt global best practices and modern ways of animal husbandry. This will go a long way in helping us.”

On the self defense statement by former Chief of Army Staff, Theophilus Danjuma, Ortom said the former elder statesman was misinterpreted, stressing that self-defence does not necessarily have to involve the use of arms.

“I am not sure that if you listened to him very well. It is a misrepresentation of what the former minister said.

“He did not tell anybody to take up arms. He only said that people should defend themselves. You can use a stick to disarm someone. Of course, you know that self-preservation is the first law of nature.

“You can’t just wait in your house and allow someone to come and kill you. You can resist the person, but you don’t necessarily need to have arms and I think that that was what the former army chief and defence minister was saying, that there is need for people to rise to defend themselves but not necessarily using weapons that are banned.

“Security matters should not be left in the hands of security men, it requires every one of us to put heads together and be courageous to be able to surmount it,” he said.


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