- The government of Benue and herdsmen group, Miyetti Allah, have agreed to a peace deal in Makurdi
- The peace was brokered by billionaire business man, Allen Onyeama, who said he personally brought Miyetti Allah, Saleh Alhassan, for the peace meeting
- Alhassan tendered the apology to Governor Ortom on behalf of all herders and assured that he would work for peace between herders and farmers
The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, representative of herders across Nigeria, has apologized to the Governor of Benue, Samuel Ortom, over the clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng by the state government on Saturday, October 26, the herdsmen group was said to have issued the apology through its national secretary, Saleh Alhassan, on Friday, October 25.
According to Alhassan, he and members of the group regretted the violence caused by the clashes between the two sides.
He vowed to work for harmonious living between herdsmen and farmers in the state.
The Miyetti Allah scribe, who spoke at a peace meeting in Makurdi which was organized by the Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyeama, praised Ortom for standing for the security of his people.
On his part, Ortom assured the group that the anti-open grazing bill passed by the Benue Assembly several months ago was not to attack herdsmen but to protect lives and properties of both herders and farmers.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Ortom recently called on federal government to extend its border closure to include foreign herdsmen.
The governor said the foreign herders were unfit to have access into Nigerian territories because of the arms they carry and later use to attack communities including those in Benue.
Ortom made the appeal on Monday, October 21 when he visited a female victim of suspected herdsmen attack whose limb was amputated while working on her farm in Guma local council of Benue.
Benue Elders Speak on Herdsmen Attacks - on Legit TV