Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom warned President Maj. General Muhammad Buhari (ret.) On Friday against turning Nigeria into a cow republic.
Governor Ortom, who responded to the presidency statement that President Buhari had agreed to a committee’s recommendations to “rush” to review 368 pastures in 25 states in the country, “to determine the extent of encroachment,” said with the most recent It was crystal clear that the president was planning to plunge the country into a crisis.
The governor said the current regime gives cattle welfare more priority than the people who voted him into office.
Ortom made this known in the statement issued and signed by its chief press secretary Terver Akase entitled “Presidency Turning Nigeria into a Cow Republic”.
The statement said: “In a country where insecurity has reached an all-time high and hundreds of armed shepherds, bandits and other terrorists have been killed, the presidency is restricted only on animals and their safety and deploys all machines and arsenals Forcing the government to have pasture reserves and cattle routes on the Nigerians. This is unacceptable!
“The Buhari government turned a blind eye when cattle invaded Nigerian land on an unimaginable scale. Mr President has not come out once to condemn the activities of shepherds and the attacks they visit on innocent people. The only time the president speaks about the atrocities of the Shepherds is when he is defending them.
“It is now clear that the presidency wants to plunge the country into an avoidable crisis. Otherwise, what is the justification for President Buhari’s insistence that pasture reserves be established across the country when Nigerians have openly opposed politics and accepted ranching instead of pasture? “