Fulani Herdsmen in Benue, the Fulani Socio-cultural organization, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, MAKH, has tendered an apology before the state government over herdsmen attacks and killings in the state in 2018.
Eye9ja reports that the National Secretary of the organization, Alhaji Alhassan Saleh, tendered the apology on Saturday at a peace meeting brokered by the Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyeama in Makurdi.
Alhaji Saleh who expressed the regrets of his association over the killings, pledged to ensure peaceful coexistence and collaboration between herdsmen and farmers in the state.
“We are sorry for all that happened. Governor Ortom is a peace-loving man who stood firmly for his people and I can assure you that our members will support and work with the peace initiatives of the Governor,” he said.
While responding, Governor Ortom said the “Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law was not enacted to chase anyone away from Benue state but to end the ceaseless killing of innocent people and encourage ranching which is the global best practice in animal husbandry.
“The law has provisions for the protection of both the famers and herders so it is a win win for all and it is not meant to promote crisis but to ensure peaceful coexistence.
“So anyone or ethnic group wishing to rear livestock in Benue state is free to come, acquire land and ranch according to the provisions of the ranching law without hindrance.”