By Danjuma Joseph, Lafia.
The Nasarawa State Government has called on its border communities with Benue State, to go about their normal businesses as the implementation of the Anti-Grazing Law by the Benue State Government takes effect.
Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura, made the call in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Musa Elayo and made available to the press in Lafia.
According to the statement, “Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura is fully aware of the tension at the border communities stressing that Government is determined to ensure adequate security measures to forestall any eventualities”.
“The Governor however appealed to the people at the affected areas not to do anything that would jeopardize the existing peaceful co-existence between the two States”.
The statement further said the governor reiterated his
commitment to ensuring to the development of the state hence the need to stay in peace irrespective of tribe and religions difference.
“The Governor called on the stakeholders of the affected areas to continue to dialogue and sensitize the residents, particular the youths and Fulani herdsmen on the need to embrace peace and avoid rumour mongering”.
“Any person or group of persons who try to incite the people to cause disunity at the border communities would not be tolerated and anything violation would be met with the full wrath of the law”.
In the mean time, the governor held a security meeting with all the security chiefs and IMC Chairmen of some local governments bordering the state and Benue.
After the security meeting the governor toured the border communities in a chopper, to douse tension as a result of herdsmen fleeing Benue, due to the Anti Open Grazing Law, that came to effect on Tuesday.