Over 5,000 half-naked Benue women from the 23 local government areas of the state on Thursday have taken to the streets and the Government House in Makurdi to pledge their support for the implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition Law, which came into effect on Wednesday.
In a televised report shown on Channels Television, the women passionately took to the streets in placards which read, “This is the end of killings in our communities,” “Benue women will always stand with Governor Ortom,”, “We totally support anti-open grazing law,” “Governor Ortom we are proud of you”.
Receiving the women with wild excitement and jubilation, Governor Samuel Ortom and his wife, Dr Eunice, stepped out to receive them.
Governor Ortom in appreciation of their positive gesture thanked the women for their show of understanding with the government on the implementation of the law. He further stressed that it is a win-win law for farmers and herdsmen.
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To buttress the governor’s appreciative gesture, his wife, Dr Eunice also thanked the women for keeping faith with her husband’s administration and his avowed determination to ensure the security of lives and properties in the state.
The spokeswomen from the Tiv, Idoma and Igede areas earlier, expressed their joy over the governor’s resolve to yield to the demands of the people of the state by enacting the law, which they said had guaranteed their safety.