Sequel to Governor Lalong’s address to pressmen at the Presidential Villa Abuja today, after a parley with President Muhammadu Buhari, the governor has clarified statements he made with regards warning the governor of Benue state not to implement an anti-grazing law.
Full text of his press statement, signed by the director of press and public affairs Mr. Samuel Emmanuel Nanle read;
The Executive Governor of Plateau State Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has expressed serious displeasure at the manner in which reports making the rounds on Social Media and some Broadcast Stations, concerning the interview he granted to members of the Press, after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa Abuja of Thursday the 11th of January 2018.
The Executive Governor in his clarification on the Statement credited to him, in which he was quoted as having said he warned Governor Ortom of Benue State not to implement the Anti Open Grazing Law, said it is sad that his expression which bothered on the Plateau situation, in which he said he was waiting for the provision of the Ranching Alternative ahead of the total ban on open grazing in the State, was taken out of context and completely misquoted when his response on peer review of policies with his Counterparts from neighbouring State was responded to in the affirmative.
The Governor berated those who have taken to the Social Media to make negative statements and draw political capital out of the unfortunate situation in Benue, while the pains in the grieving hearts of the victims were still fresh. The Governor added that those whose unrestrained and uncensored penchant for quick shares of negative news, has become an attitude of their new age media engagements, to know that to make a mockery of the pains of the people of Benue by spitting and dancing on the Graves of those killed in cold blood will draw the wrath of God.
The Governor in a show of solidarity and shared grief with the people of Benue and indeed all Nigerians of conscience committed to finding a lasting solution to the Herders and farmers conflict in Nigeria, expressed his deepest sympathy in a phone conversation with Governor Ortom.
He gave assurances of the prayers of the people of Plateau State for God’s Comfort to the bereaved families, and for the repose of the souls of all those killed in the wake of the attack.
Governor Lalong wishes to assure the people of Plateau State and indeed all Nigerians that Dialogue around all the options for peaceful coexistence amongst all citizens, remain the best solution to any situation that is a threat to peace in the country. He advised all to explore the benefits in the Ranching and cattle Colonies proposed by the Federal Government as an alternative to Open Grazing, which will certainly be banned as part of the solution to the incessant farmers and herdsmen conflict all around the country.
Samuel Emmanuel Nanle
Director, Press and Public Affairs
11th January, 2018.
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