From Uche Nnorom Makurdi
The Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Samuel Chukwuemeka Uche, has thrown his support behind the enactment and implementation of the Anti -open grazing law by Benue state government, describing the action as a right step in a right direction.
The Prelate gave the endorsement when he led a delegation of the church from across the country, to condole with the governor, the government and people of Benue at Government House, Makurdi over the killings in the state.
Dr. Uche called on the federal government to take stringent steps to stop the killings in Benue state and other parts of the country, observing that the movement of cattle from one place to another and destroying farms, has since become obsolete and no longer obtainable across the globe.
He also, noted that the enactment of the law is in line with global best practices in modern animal husbandry.
“Killing anointed men of God with members of the church who went for morning mass was the height of irresponsibility, wickedness, hostility, dastardly and totally unacceptable by all of us.”
He announced donation of two trucks loaded with relief materials to the Benue State government for onward distribution to the internally displaced persons to cushion the effect of their sufferings in the camps.
In his remark, Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom who was represented by his Deputy, Engr. Benison Abounu appreciated the Methodist Church leadership for their show of love in donation of relief materials to the displaced persons, maintaining that the solidarity people across Nigeria have shown so far, have given the Benue people succour.