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Published On: Tue, Jan 23rd, 2018

Benue killings: Nasarawa Assembly cautions politicians, monarchs against unguarded utterances

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From Gambo Ahmed Lafia

The Nasarawa state House of Assembly yesterday cautioned politicians, religious leaders and stakeholders against unguided utterances capable of triggering more confusion as a result of crisis between farmers and herdsmen in the country.
Speaker of the House, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, gave the warning while reading the House resolutions after the majority leader of the House, Mr.Tanko Tunga (APC-Awe North) brought the matter during the House proceeding at the Chamber in Lafia the state capital.
Balarabe Abdullahi opined that politicians and other stakeholders should always engage in peace messages than inciting the public with statements that would create more confusion in the society.
The Speaker implored farmers and herdsmen to co-exist peacefully in order to boost food production; added that their continued feud may cause food shortages in the state and the country at large.
According to him “What happened in Benue was very sad because so many people had lost their lives and properties worth millions of Naira has been destroyed as a result of the farmers/herdsmen crisis in Benue state”.
He continued “This house shared the pain over the loss of lives and properties in Benue and Nasarawa border communities as we also appreciate the federal government efforts in tackling the farmers/herdsmen and other security challenges in the country”.
“This House also appreciated Governor Tanko Almakura, Dangote group, politicians, stakeholders and other well spirited individuals for their donations to the IDPs who are camped in Awe, Keana, Obi among other camps,” the Speaker maintained
Balarabe Abdullahi further urged farmers/herdsmen to be their brother keepers and to co-exist peacefully in order to boost food production in the country.
The Speaker also urged the state Houses of Assembly in the country to always pass resolutions and make laws that would promote peace, good governance and speedy development in the country.
Earlier Mr.Tanko Tunga (APC-Awe North), the minority leader of the house while speaking on the floor of the house lamented on how his constituency had been affected by the farmers/herdsmen crisis.
Tunga also called on the people of his constituency especially the farmers/herdsmen to co-exist peacefully and respect the right of each other in order to enjoy the fruit of their labour.

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