Benue governor calls on farmers, herdsmen to accept dialogue

Timothy Choji, Abuja

President Buhari at a meeting with Governor Ortom at a previous meeting at the State House, recently

Benue State Governor Mr Samuel Ortom has called on farmers and herdsmen to embrace dialogue and live in peace with one another, to give room for development across the country.

He made the call during an interview with State House Correspondents, soon after paying a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said nobody could live in isolation because the world had since turned into a global village.

“It is said live and let live; we cannot live in isolation. We ,Tiv people like eating meat a lot and I also know that the Fulanis need food. So we have the food, they have the meat therefore, we must always find a way around it and live together in peace. This will also give room for the government to carry out developmental programmes because there can’t be development without peace, we shouldn’t allow selfish people among us to cause trouble among us, in order to carry out their criminal activities. Our common enemies are those criminals and once we eliminate them, there will be peace,” the Governor said.

The Governor said the collaborative effort between the Federal and Benue State government had brought about the needed peace in the State.

“Thank God, with the collaboration among the security agencies in my State and with the support of our dear President, Muhammadu Buhari, I can say that the State is relatively calm today. We have told our people that.We need one another; life is complimentary,” he said.

Governor Ortom said the State is expecting a bumper harvest this year because the people heeded to the call for them to embrace agriculture, as a way of diversifying the economy.