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Anti-grazing law: Benue mothers” strip half naked in support of implementation

Thousands of women under the aegis of Benue mothers drawn from across the 23 Local Government Areas of Benue State on Thursday took the streets…

Thousands of women under the aegis of Benue mothers drawn from across the 23 Local Government Areas of Benue State on Thursday took the streets of Makurdi metropolis in solidarity with Governor Samuel Ortom’s administration for the implementation of the Anti Open Grazing Law in the state.

Our correspondent reports that the law came into effect on Wednesday, November 1.

Some of the elderly women among the mothers stripped half naked as they walked through major streets of the state capital while they chanted solidarity songs to hail the new law and terminated the long trek at the Government House in Makurdi.

The women who bore placards with inscription such as, "Respect anti open grazing law," "Governor Samuel Ortom, ahead," "We support anti Open Grazing Law," among others assured the governor that they are behind his administration as far as the law was concerned.

Responding, the governor who personally received the women alongside his wife, Eunice and other top officials of his government appreciated the courage demonstrated by the mothers as he emphasised that the law had come to stay.

Ortom posited that the law was a win-win for everyone and would help to preserve human lives which were seldom lost to conflicts between herders and farmers just as he encouraged cattle breeders in the state to stay in one place and ranch their cows among other benefits.

The wife of the governor, Eunice, on her part said that she was so overwhelmed by the show of solidarity by the women who trooped out from all parts of the state in collaboration with faith based organisation to lean their support the newly implemented law.

 

 

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