INTERVIEW: I advised Ortom against anti-grazing law – Plateau Governor, Lalong

PLateau state governor, SImon Bako Lalong. [Photo credit: Pulse.ng]

The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, on Thursday said he advised his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom, against implementing the anti-grazing law on his state.

Clashes between locals and herdsmen had led to the death of several people in Benue State since the beginning of the new year.

Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, Mr. Lalong said his state used to face the same problem as Benue.

He said, however, that his decision to embrace ranching has led to peace in Plateau State. Excerpt:

Q: What dis you discuss with the President?

A: I just returned from my vacation and I felt I should come and see Mr. President especially as my state celebrated Christmas and new year peacefully, to wish him happy new year and brief him on the happenings in the state in the last one year. With the support I am getting from Mr. President, we are having relative peace. So I came to brief him, especially when you see insecurity in neighbouring states, so that if there are areas of improvement, we will also do the improvement so that we don’t have cases like we are seeing.

Q: So what’s the secret to the relative peace you are enjoying in the state?

A: I have said it a number of times, it is a matter of accommodating interests; you take everybody as your own. In Plateau state, I did that because when I came, I inherited a protracted crisis in the state. And so my first priority was how to handle this crisis and ensure we have peace in Plateau State. Within three months, we were able to achieve peace in Plateau State. Most of the lingering crisis were between farmers and herdsmen in Plateau. But today in most parts of the state, you will see beautiful relationship between herdsmen and farmers.

At the end of last year, something small happened. But I’m not saying it was between herdsmen and farmers. It was as a result of criminal activities, and so we focused on fishing out those criminals. Most of the crisis that happened was not on the farm, it was just pockets of people; Christians and Muslims killing one another; and so we addressed those issues, we are handling them.

Let me also say that Plateau was one of those that embraced ranching. I had a lot of opposition initially when I said Plateau was keying into ranching. Some states said they don’t have land but I said whether I have land or not, we have to provide land for ranching, because that I see as solution to the conflicts. In Plateau, we have gone far, we have donated land voluntarily, many people donated land for ranching.

Last year, I sent a 12-man team to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, they spent almost a week there to study and the team was headed by former Vice Chancellor of University of Jos, Professor Onazi. We went round all the communities in Plateau, it took three months and Plateau people, including the Fulanis accepted that we must embrace ranching.

Ranching as a concept is a policy and there are states realizing the importance of the policy. I cannot wake up like some people said last year that I should go and do anti-grazing law. And I asked: anti-grazing law for what? We are talking about ranching, we are talking about development of livestock business and I cannot use the word anti to start driving people who are interested. It is for those who are interested to come and get involved in it.

Secondly, I can’t implement anti-grazing law. There are levels of implementation which will require government intervention, provision of ranchers. And thirdly, when you are talking of ranching, it is a component of agriculture business, you will also require subsidy. Subsidy must come from federal and state governments. And by the time we develop it and put every structure on ground, then we can bring laws to regulate the implementation. So I don’t want to jump one step before the other.

Q: So why did you not advise your colleagues about this?

A: To be honest with you, I did. I told the Governor of Benue when he was doing the law; I said look, why don’t you tread softly, just be careful, take other steps before you start implementation. But you see, states are different, his own concepts are different and for us on the Plateau is different. I said I will not do the law before implementation. I have not developed the ranching areas, so I cannot go and say I will put a law, to stop who? If I stop the people, what is the alternative?

So I said do consultations, allow the people to understand and buy into the concepts.

Q: You are talking about ranching and the federal government is now talking about colonies, what does that mean?

A: For me, anytime I hear anything about agriculture, I don’t jump into conclusions, I go and study it. Yesterday (Wednesday), I was at the federal ministry with my agricultural team, commissioner and others, we spent almost five hours because I said they must convince me and explain to me what colony is. So that when I go back, just like I did with ranching, I will go and tell my people that this is the concept. When I had the briefing with them, I was convinced about colony.

They said the difference between colony and ranches is that one is bigger than the other. You get a very big field, you get investors, demarcate the area, somebody will ranch bees, somebody will ranch goats, somebody will ranch cattle, but government will develop the place, put grasses, water and anybody who is coming in must pay. And you cannot go and force any land, is voluntary land that government has. For me in Plateau, we have two large areas already, that is the concept and my eyes is already going back.

So, they are saying they are going to visit the place as part of the solution to farmers/herdsmen clashes in my state.

When Plateau wanted anti-grazing law and I asked against who? and they said against a particular tribe. And I said, tell me who in Plateau who is not into open grazing? Seventeen local governments we are all into open grazing. Is either you are grazing cattle, goat, sheep, or even chicken because the law will protect and restrict the movement of all these animals, these are general livestock. If you are talking of this thing, we will take a holistic approach in preparing for implementation. And when you do that, with a lot of consultation like we are done in Plateau… when I got back, I heard the Fulanis were moving from state to state sensitizing their people on the need to embrace ranching.

Q: But people say providing colony is a way of pampering the herdsmen?

A: Let me tell you, nobody said ranching is only for Fulani herdsmen. Like I said, in Plateau, I said ranching is everybody’s business. Many youths, thousands of graduates have registered, ready to go into that business. It is everybody’s business. We must help the federal government to find ways of addressing issues because agriculture is not just agriculture now, it is now a means of diversification. And if you have to diversify, it is serious business for everyone, it is not for a tribe.

So I said if we have to encourage people to go into ranching, I will not use the word anti.

Q: What is your comments regarding the coming local government elections in your state?

A: I want to assure that sometimes when you see conflicts or problems in an election, it is when there is no primaries, when people engage themselves in carnivals.

In Plateau, when you go and ask of the best primaries, they will tell you it was the last primaries organised by the APC. So, if we had good primaries, definitely you can be rest assured that you are looking forward to the best of local government elections.

Q: What was the President’s response after your meeting?

A: He was very happy. Of course, the president is always happy when he hears that, number one, your state is peaceful; and two, that you are paying salaries up to date. For me, salary is no longer an issue. Last December, I started paying gratuity. So, I came to tell him that through his efforts, you can see what bailout is doing to compliment the efforts of what some state governors are doing, so that we don’t start condemning governors anyhow.

In my state, I inherited 11 months arrears and eight months of pensions; and today I have cleared them. I am now into payment of arrears of gratuity and development projects. Let me not forget, part of the visit was to ask for a shift of date in the president’s visit to the state from January to February, and he has agreed. And he said I will come any time you want me to come.


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  • Bassey Frank

    Your advice was counter-productive. Gov. Ortom did the right thing

    • Richard

      Gov Ortom brought a law without consultation, even a small family unit, all members are given the chance for their input. The herdsmen will be affected by a law but you felt their input is not necessary ? Nigeria is new to the concept of ranching and by that all stakeholders must be consulted. No more open grazing and no land provided temporarily and you do not envisage problem.

      • Ayinde

        Shows how ignorant you are about law making. Is it possible to enact a legislation in a democracy without public hearing. Ignoramus.

      • thusspokez

        So you subscribe to the idea that the response to any law that you don’t agree with is to go and kill people?

        • okenwa

          I wonder how a man will seat in his house and break his scrotum. Is Fulani not settlers in Nigeria.

          • Danladee

            You are also a settler. You claimed to drop from Israel.

          • okenwa

            Fine but we are not fighting or killing any body where we are today but that is not the case of Fulani. When will you end your settlement and embrace modern life.

      • Manuel Tobby

        Why not just shut up if you don’t know what to say, must you comment because everyone is doing so!
        Why not google and read about the stages the law went through?

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        Gainako, how are you doing? Next time try and use your real name name, Gololo

      • Bassey Frank

        Gov. Ortom did not “bring a law”. It was passed by the representatives of the people. Even before the law, accelerated killing has been going on in the state since he took over governance of Benue. Head or toe, Fulani herdsmen are blood-thirsty.

    • Suleiman Alatise

      By placing the cart before the horse.

    • Ayinde

      Correct. Lets wait. I trust he would regret it and will on the long run realize Ortom was right after all.

      • okenwa

        God bless you my brother.

      • Bassey Frank

        Gov. Lalong has already denied saying that.

    • Kallah Bature

      No,Gov.Ortom has a long way to go in learning the perfect act of governance. Fuelled by bad advice from those who don’t wish him well and the APC government he represents, the misguided man succeeded in putting the cart before the horse.It is my belief that some individuals are clandestinely trying hard to truncate the homogeneous nature of success enjoyed by the APC in the last election.

      • thusspokez

        homogeneous nature of success

        Speak English please!

        • Tunji Olarewaju

          I the retard meant :”humongous “

      • Manuel Tobby

        Is that your fellow Fulani herdsmen should be killing human beings to replace cow?
        Are the cows not being sold, so why can’t your fellow Fulani herdsmen invest in thr buisines like any other farmers and ranch thr cows in this modern day!!!???

      • okenwa

        You mean Fulani has a right to kill. Why don’t you say the truth and remain by the truth even if you’re killed for doing so. A country with laws but a tribe is being begged to obey the laws.

      • Bassey Frank

        I disagree. Accelerated killing has been going on since this administration. Gov. Ortom had no choice.

    • systematic

      That is for u.Ortom just brought mayhem to benue people because this fulani people they dont even know o understand what he brought to them as law i tell u

      • Bassey Frank

        Before now, nko?

    • Mufu Ola

      And what have become of Ortom’s “right thing”? Mourning & gritting of teeth. And u call that sensible?

      • Bassey Frank

        Why did Gov. Lalung later deny making the statement, if that should be a wise thing to do? Mourning and gritting of teeth is not meant for the indigenes alone. It is obvious that the others will experience it, too. But no one has the power to beat any tribe into slavery.

  • Ayinde

    Does this Governor understand English ? The anti in the law is “anti open grazing” and not “anti grazing”. We have a conflict situation that has lead to several deaths wether there was an anti or not. So the anti killing is just an excuse after all. Change is a constant in life. If you did it in 1918 without conflict did not mean you would do same in 2018 where the land is not available. The earlier this get into their skull the better.

    • DrLikita

      Lalong is very eager to please his Fulani masters. His comments do not surprise me. He said last year they had a small disagreement and that’s why people were killed? People were intimidated? What a way to disrespect the dead. But then it’s Lalong, don’t expect much from him.

      • Mufu Ola

        Anybody that is against your line of thinking is a “slave” to Fulani. U’re probably born a slave & have this slave mentality.

        • DrLikita

          I don’t have your time.
          Go and ask Lalong how many people were being intimidated on their farms while he was going around giving interviews of ‘how we achieved relative peace in Plateau state.’ Women staging protests because herdsmen were raping them on farms, people being driven out of their farms by these herdsmen, at least one village burnt down and taken over by herdsmen. Ask him who killed the Ron Kulere of Bokkos in his farm and shot his underage grandson.
          If you don’t have anything reasonable to say don’t drag me back here. I am NOT a slave and I will NEVER be, but you are free to continue as one. People like you who defend the evil of these herdsmen often have no superior argument. Your own is to attack those with facts.
          The fact that you do not hear about something does not mean that it is not going on. Good morning.

        • Manuel Tobby

          For all the herdsmen killings in plateau state over the years , point to one single Fulani herdsmen that was arrested and prosecuted?

          • systematic

            Did u think police o army can get them hmm this people you are talking about are mothern what u think

          • persona

            Buhari has a ranch, has his cows been found in another man’s land?
            Why are the others not following his ideals?
            When they are offered ranches and they commit atrocities, they will be easily taken care of.
            In ranching, its an organized business, i have my buyer and sellers….any unauthorized herdsman is easily identified because those assigned/registered to that ranch will only be those entitled.

          • Mufu Ola

            U can help by also pointing to one Bassa man or others in Plateau/Benue that was prosecuted for killing Fulanis. Or Fulanis are never killed also? Until people become more honest & look issues dispassionately, nothing will be solved.

      • okenwa

        My question is if its my beloved tribe Igbo that is killing my cousins ijaw or other tribes in the old Eastern Nigeria, what will be the reactions of Nigeria and the wider world because the world and Nigeria has not reacted to middle belt killings but they where very quick to make a resolution after USA declared Jerusalem capital of Israel. Is it because those killed in Nigeria are Christians and less human

    • Ajayi Ifayemi

      And you think he does not understand that. All he is saying is that he prefers to be positive. Nobody wants open grazing. It would have been better though to name that law for the solution rather the negative connotation of being against something without seeming openly antagonistic. Well, in spite of the negative review here, the guy does make sense to me.

      • Manuel Tobby

        U don’t understand the relationship between the Hausa Fulani and other northern minorities, it’s a servant master type!
        That governor is a conquered fellow by the fulanis after they have massacred thousands of plateau citizens!

        • persona

          If, he is conquered and has peace is that not better than be free and have your heart in your mouth and crying openly for protection?
          The issue here is simple, the governor says, he consulted and went as far as min of agric with a prof leading, it has brought peace and not a bargain with herdsmen.
          El-Rufai paid for protection against attacks, it still came and yet he is Fulani…that should tell you that its not about being conquered, its deep thinking to find peace as against blaming others for it.

      • okenwa

        Who owns the land? The farmers or rampaging herdsmen?

        • persona

          In ranching, the state meets who owns the lands and those that come there to graze also know its not theirs.
          Is that not a better solution while the land owner also gets subsidy from government for growing what livestock eat?
          Since 2011, so much lives have been wasted because we all refuse to think and blame it on what it is not. The herdmen are killers, to even catch them easily, isn’t a ranch where they come to feed a better place to round them up than farms without boundaries?
          Nigerians, let us all think and stop passing the blame

          • okenwa

            Cattle business is a private business just like a trader who rents a shop to do his business. Why don’t Fulani ranch and allow farmland owners to grow the grass and sale to them. Cattle business is a time bomb as long as land is involved.

          • persona

            That is the point the governor just made. The people kicked at first, they consulted and made studies and now the state is nt only at peace but the ranch owners are happy to get subsidies.
            Why should Benue be different?
            Fayose did the same law, yet, he has asked for hunters for protection while he goes about with DSS and police.
            We should educate our people. If the contention in Benue is land, why don’t state governor give CofO to land owners and ensure that ranches are all over. If na Fulani buy land or na Tiv, it doesn’t matter.

          • okenwa

            Last time I checked, Fulani agreed they are settlers and I am not against them buying land to set up private business just like other businesses but I am against using the powers of govt to give them land where they will install emirs and claim ownership of land.

          • persona

            Government has not given them any powers sir and its why they are murdering people.
            Every governor has authority over their lands and what they should do is just as we have GRA, quarter a section and make revenue from it. Its simple and there is no need for killing and once they break their boundaries, you threat them as criminals are to be treated.
            Fulanis dont own land and as i said, Buhari has a ranch of his own, El-Rufai couldn’t prevent Kaduna attack even as Fulani, so, this issue is more and we all need to find the solution after understanding the issue then we can catch their financiers and make the families of the dead get justice.

          • okenwa

            If buhari is ranching, let him encourage his kinsmen to do so.

          • persona

            It appears that is news to you but everytime he goes to see his cattle, its always in his ranch.
            If Buhari is ranching, how then will he encourage his men to be destructive even as he knows the value and he’s an example?
            The issue behind this killings is deeply political and that is why you should ask yourself, how come that when both parties will be fielding northern candidates, how come northerners are killing their own people? The easiest way to nail Buhari is by using his blindspot which happens to be his tribesmen. In finding who is behind, ask yourself, who stands to benefit and you have your character behind this issue.
            Buhari is APC, El-Rufai is APC, they both are Fulanis, how come their brothers are bent on destroying them? When you realign the thinking, it will explain to you that Buhari telling them to ranch is not the issue but these guys are tools in the hands of mischief makers.

          • okenwa

            Learn how to summarized in shot sentence boko.

    • persona

      So, is ranching open grazing as he stated also?
      Stop attacking and stop scapegoating. The issue is, Buhari has a ranch for his animals, the governor also did some consulting and since implementation, the state has been peaceful.

  • thusspokez

    The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, on Thursday said he advised his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom, against implementing the anti-grazing law on his state.

    Has the Benue State governor told Simon Lalong how the latter should run his state?

  • Solomon Brown

    I feel sorry for Plateau state, they have a wimp as governor and his statements prove me right. He speaks just like a conquered fellow and anyone who views Lalong as a leader can be considered as not having his/her head screwed on right. There is never a shortage of brain dead morons in APC, I just have not seen this level of stupidity before.

  • Message66

    What a spineless human. I feel so sorry for you Mr. Governor.

  • Remi

    This is quite a revealing interview:

    Firstly, a Federal Government ( FG) (led by the patron of a
    landless, nomadic group of cattle
    rearers) “innocently” rolls out a “ranching “ policy, which takes one people’s land and
    hands it over to the nomads. As that is
    being done, they decide to take up even more land, so they decide on the idea
    of a “colony” – which takes up more
    space than required for “ranching”, and sufficient for “plantation”. Ever heard of “lebensraum”?

    Secondly, they then decide to try out their “lebensraum”
    policy, and where better to try it out than
    in a State (Plateau) that had been sufficiently “softened up” by incessant attacks on it’s indigenes by
    the nomad’s militia, while their patron, and all the national security outfit
    that he commands, look on in helpless
    complicity or silent collaboration. Actually, an academic at the Faculty of
    Engineering, Bayero University, Kano, by name A.U. Jibiya, and obviously a
    member of the sedentary wing of this nomadic group, penned a provocative
    article in 2017 on the Gamji website,
    wherein he boasted about how his group had used prevailing violence to subdue
    the people of Plateau State and teach them a lesson. Thus, in the name of “peace”, a gullible Governor is forced to trade away
    his people’s land, for a nebulous concept . This in addition to a whole local
    government (Jos North) which that State had previously lost to the nomads. Can
    you see a trend emerging, and have you ever heard of something called “forced
    appeasement” and systematic “land-grab-by ordeal”?

    Thirdly, after he has been forced into appeasing the land
    thieves, the attacks in his State mysteriously ceases, and “peace” returns.
    Thus, he allows himself to be showcased as an example for the appeasement model,
    which has now been established as a
    viable land grab method.

    Fourthly, & Meanwhile, the “headstrong” Governor of a
    neighbouring State, rightly enacts an anti-grazing law to curb the incessant destruction
    of farmlands in his State. Then, the
    land thieves let loose their nomadic militia to “teach him a lesson”; and they embark on a “clearance-by-genocide”
    operation in his State. And the head of
    the FG , and all of his security outfit, go to sleep, only waking up to fight a
    rear-guard action, to secure the State: after a national outcry at the
    slaughter and when all of the “unknown” nomadic militia had been conveniently allowed to escape.

    Fifthly, the
    poster boy of the “appeasement model “ then conveniently visits the President,
    commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of our snoozing security outfits & patron of
    the nomadic group to opportunely discuss
    the “peace dividend “ from his “appeasement” approach. Afterwards, he drops dark hints as to why his brother Governor’s State suffered the fate it did.

    Takeaways:

    The “colony “ project (note the uncanny
    similarity of that operating word to the word “colonial”, and does that ring a
    bell to you in the light of the antecedents of this group in northern
    Nigeria?) will give this “landless”
    group a foothold on other people’s land, forming what may initially look like discrete
    (Fulani) outposts, but which could be linked up to form a larger unit
    later. Additionally, it is pertinent to
    mention that , prior to the 1804 Usmanu
    Dan Fodiyo jihad, similar colonies
    (then called “Wuros”) formed the centres of espionage and plotting against the Courts of the Hausa Habe
    Kings. History in the making again? May be, may be not.

    The “land-grab-by-ordeal”, followed by the “appeasement
    model” developed and tested on the Plateau will be rolled out to other places,
    Benue State being it’s first testing ground. So, other States of Nigeria
    beware.

    The strategy for implementing (2) above is
    simple: give us a piece of your land, and we will cease attacks on your people. And, if you do not, your people will
    pay in blood.

    This explains why our President & C-in-C
    cannot see these herdsmen attacks as a serious security issue deserving his
    urgent attention.

  • Yego V

    Lalong reminds me of an uneducated former governor of Kano state,Sabo Bakinzuwo, who in comparison to Lalong would seem a more literate-illiterate.

    • okenwa

      The man stints.

      • Danladee

        No he is not ‘stints’, but it is you that stinks.

        • okenwa

          Well you got me.

  • Say the truth

    The disclosure of private discussions between Lalong and Ortom is unnecessary, ill-timed, irresponsible and insensitive. Fulani herdsmen can never have any respect for the life of middle belt people. Middle belt is cursed with irresponsible and selfish leaders like Lalong. It is more important for Lalong to be in Buhari’s good book and please Fulani than to protect his people. Instead of Lalong to sympathize with the victims of genocide and encourage his brother governor he prefers to play politics with this very sensitive matter. Tomorrow when Fulani cattles invade farmland and kill Plateau people Lalong will expect others to rally round him.

    • systematic

      Let me tell u if u dont know fulani people go and ask somebody who know to tell u about fulani people.U can’t fight with them i tell u

      • okenwa

        That is lies.

    • okenwa

      That lalong of a man is an imbecile and his imbecility has reached point of no return.

      • Danladee

        We don’t need your sympathy. At least we now sleep with two eyes close in Plateau State, due to Lalong’s maturity of leadership. We enjoyed this Christmas without the likes of Jang.

  • systematic

    beautiful my governor i love that. dont let some illiterate to make you engage in what will bring Crisis in our state like what your predecessor did,as u can see we did’t achieve enythine in that crisis we lost somuch and we dont want that to be repeated

    • okenwa

      Fulani through el~rufai has told you they dont forget or forgive. Maybe you are paying them not to attack but when you delay the payment they will definitely attack and by that time the Benue law you hate will have the last laugh and any tribe that give out their land to Fulani must have have themselves to blame.

      • persona

        Was Kaduna not attacked by these criminals under his own watch?
        Clearly, same El-Rufai paid ransom/protection fee and the attack still came.
        We all should stop behaving like crabs that is ever moving but little progress.

        • okenwa

          El – rufai said that he traced the killers up to Niger republic to pay them so that they dont come to kill in Kaduna because the illegal immigrants that stray into Nigeria lost their cows. What a logic from an executive governor.

          • persona

            That’s my point, but even at at that, El-Rufai is Fulani , so why did they attack his state?
            We all need to begin to ask the questions as against what is reported.
            The issue of herdsmen became prevalent since 2011 and now till 2018, with both a southern and northern presidents, the issue has claimed lives. We all should have an open consultation to solve the problem.
            Benue people feel its about land, so what do they want in Kaduna?
            Buhari has a ranch, he has never had his cows stray, he has led by example, the question is, who owns these cattle and then we can contain those people.

      • Danladee

        I doff my hat for my Governor, Lalong. May be people like Okenwa will disguise like Fulani herdsmen and attack Plateau people and blame on the so called herdsmen, as they are used to do.

        • okenwa

          Don’t call for my prayer when they come knocking on your door. Make I go for odeku and isi ewu.

          • Danladee

            You have never prayed for my people. All you pray for is disaster in this part of the country. And all your sympathies is typical hypocrisy of your types.

          • okenwa

            Well I just prayed for the victims of Benue massacre and I am in support of the positions of the hand shake across the Niger but I am still bitter when governor orthom told the world how one million of tiv people where used to fight civil war to keep Nigeria one and eventually lost over five hundred thousand people yet those the led them to that war has turned to be their killers today. I wept and remembered what orthom meant but I can’t withdraw my prayer. May the souls of those killed in Benue and others places of Nigeria by fulani herdsmen find peace in our Lord Jeuse Christ. Amen.

  • Bishop

    Some people will still read and fail to understand government’s position and approach. The sad part is we all love meat but hate the process. Well, I support any move that will allow for peaceful coexistence.

    • Remi

      Bishop

      What
      we are saying is that the Fulani herdsmen should live and let live. Fulani herdsmen should rear their cattle
      without disrupting other people’s lives. “Peaceful coexistence” does not have
      to be at the expense of other people’s; as, nowadays, Fulani herdsmen have become a threat to food
      production – and the means of livelihood of many farmers – In the highly (agriculturally) productive
      savanna regions of Nigeria, and sometime even up to the rain forest. There also seem to be some
      element of racism and bigotry to the way they destroy farmlands. Destruction of
      farmlands is a rare occurrence in the far North, where their sedentary brothers
      & cousins-the Muslim, Hausa farmers- predominate.

      There are plant-based alternatives to meat, but
      there are no animal-based alternatives to crops. In any case, beef is not the only form of meat. In some
      parts of the world, , due to reasons of cost, beef is only occasionally consumed.
      And, due to the disproportionately large amount of land
      & water consumed by beef production,
      more forward-thinking economies are now beginning to look beyond beef as
      a source of protein to alternatives sources like insects (crickets, termites,
      locusts), fish, highly yielding poultry breeds etc.

  • Remi

    This
    interview is quite an instructive one and my Takeaways from it are:

    Governor Lalong’s State had been the scene of
    horrific attacks on the indigenous population. The British journalist who
    covered some of the massacres for the Financial Times of London, was so
    affected by what he witnessed, that he had to urgently seek medical attention ,
    and was subsequently confined in a psychiatric
    hospital for months, when he returned home.

    Then, suddenly, Governor Lalong agrees first,
    to the FG’s “ranching “ proposals, then
    to their “colony” proposal, and the
    attacks suddenly stops. An appeasement
    of the murderers of his people you would say, isn’t it? More especially when his
    brother Governor in a neighbouring State
    , who refused “ranching “, is today afflicted
    by clearance-by-genocide” in the hands of mysterious Fulani Herdsmen militia,
    whom none of our numerous security
    outfits “know” anything about and have
    been unable to fathom or stop.

    Apparently,
    now the “colony “ project will give the “landless” & nomadic Fulani group a
    foothold on other people’s land, forming what may initially look like discrete
    (Fulani) outposts, but which could be linked up to form a larger unit
    later. (The reader is invited to note the uncanny similarity of the curiously named
    “land-grab-by-ordeal” project to the word “colonial”, and see if it rings a
    bell in the light of the antecedents of this group in northern Nigeria?) . Additionally, it is pertinent to mention that , prior to the
    1804 Usmanu Dan Fodiyo jihad, similar colonies (then called “Wuros”)
    formed the centres of espionage and
    plotting against the Courts of the Hausa Habe Kings. History in the
    making again? May be, maybe not.

    The “land-grab-by-ordeal”, followed by the
    “appeasement model” developed and tested on the Plateau will be rolled out to
    other places, Benue State being it’s first testing ground. So, other States of
    Nigeria beware.

    The
    strategy for implementing (4) above is simple: give us a piece of your land, and
    we will leave you alone; failing which, , your people will pay in blood. With
    the dubious visibility they are giving him, and divide-and-rule tactics deftly
    thrown in, Governor Lalong is being subtly advertised as the poster boy for the desirability of their
    “appeasement model”.

    Now, with the revelations in Governor Lalong’s
    interview, I can now understand why, all
    along, our President could not see the
    rampant herdsmen attacks as a serious
    security issue deserving of his urgent attention. Apparently, it would appear that All this while, the attacks
    were been orchestrated towards a colonial agenda.

  • Stanley

    Governor Lalong is trying to cause confusion here. Cattle owners are suppose to secure ranch for themselves, not govt doing it for them. If they do so in Rivers or Ekiti state no body will care. Government involvement is a time bomb, especially as they will not do it if Fulanis are not involve. How many times has secured land for farmers of other product?They give 1000 hectares now, tomorrow they will give 10,000. Govt can re-grass Sokoto and Kanu and have them supply meat to the entire world, not other peoples land. Now how many indigene/graduates of Plateau State that Governor Lalong talked about has gotten into the ranch he provided? And now that he boast that his State if free of trouble, we hope and pray so.

  • obiora

    There are a lot Fools like Lalong in Nigeria. But why will such people want to be Governor. So buhari is behind the Killings in Taraba and Benue to punish Ortom because of anti-grazing Law.

  • usman inuwa

    Kudos for your calculated vision Gov Lalong. How I wished other leaders will be of same great mind, think and act alike..