Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom on Wednesday in Abuja expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for intervening in the face-off between farmers in the state and Fulani herdsmen.
He specifically thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for ordering the deployment of troops to protect the people.
The governor, who spoke to State House House correspondents alongside his colleagues from Plateau and Bauchi States, meeting with the president at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, stated that normalcy had started returning to the state especially in Agatu local government area.
He however appealed to the federal government to find a lasting solution to the problem.
He said: “I want to appreciate God for where we are today, and it is one of the things that I decided to come and brief Mr. President and to appreciate him for standing up for Benue state and support the state in their times of this challenge of herdsmen invasion over Benue state.
“It is something that has not gone to this magnitude because it is massive and it was beyond us and even when the President was out of the country, I saw the VP and he was communicated and he immediately directed the army and the policemen to move in swiftly and today the more of the army are in the state and in particular Agatu and also mobile policemen several units have been deployed.
“The IG himself visited Benue State and I believe that normalcy is returning back home but the destruction was massive and I’m here to confide with Mr. President on how best we can sustain the peace and ensure security for lives and property, and I’m very happy and impressed with his prompt response to this security matter because the security issues will determine the economy of the state.
“I keep advocating that we must do ranching as it remains the best outstanding solution to the problems of these herdsmen and I believe that, that is where all of us are heading and by the grace of God we shall achieve it.”
Also speaking on their mission to the villa, the governor of Plateau and Bauchi states, Simon Lalong and Mohammed Abubakar said they came to commiserate with president Buhari on the death of the minister of state for Labour, late James Ocholi.