The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has stressed that the Anti-Grazing Law must not be compromised in Benue State.
He also faulted the Federal Government’s response mechanism and poor handling of the herdsmen killings in Benue state.
Fayose said this on his condolence visit to the Benue State, food basket of the nation, over herdsmen attacks in the state.
He was received by Governor Samuel Ortom from the airport, alongside top officials, and headed to the site of the mass grave where a minute silence was observed in honour of the victims of attacks on New Year ’s Day.
Fayose said contrary to the believe in some quarters that the Anti-Grazing Law implemented by the state government was responsible for the killings, the Federal Government’s handling of security matters was to blame.
“The constitution has given you powers to make laws to protect your people. I made that law, I stand by it. Stand by your own. You are not saying you are making laws for other people, you are making it for your people. For the protection of your people, the peace of your people.
“The anti-grazing law must not be compromised,” he stressed.
He made this known on Thursday, when he visited the state to commiserate with the government and people over the death of over 70 residents.
The Ekiti governor also criticised President Muhammadu Buhari over comments he made asking Benue residents to accommodate their countrymen.
“How can a governor give you advance warning under secrete security information.
“How can you tell a governor in a situation like Governor Ortom has found himself, to go and accommodate people killing you, god forbid bad thing o.” he said.
Fayose also visited Government House where he made a donation of N10 million to help support the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).