The Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura, has spoken on perceived rift with Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom.
Al-Makura said his administration was not at war with Benue State over the implementation of the anti-open grazing law.
Al-Makura stated that Nasarawa State government had no issue with the Benue government and was just concerned about the adverse effects of the law prohibiting open grazing of cattle.
The governor, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security Matters, Dr. Muhammad Adeka, stated this in Abuja on Tuesday, during a peace meeting by stakeholders from Benue and Nasarawa States, called by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris.
The governor said, “I don’t want people to leave here with the notion that the government or the people of both states are at war because of the word peace and reconciliation that is used to describe the meeting.
‘ Nasarawa State do not have any problem of any kind with the people of Benue State.”
‘Our conflict resolution mechanism is available to Benue state, as this would assist the government in tackling the crisis and dousing the tension.’