- Governor Samuel Ortom has predicted that there will be famine in Nigeria soon
- The Benue governor said this will be caused by rampant herders-farmers clashes
- Ortom also claimed that bandits are operating in more than 20 states of the country
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In his opinion, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue on Thursday, April 15, claimed that bandits operate in not less than 24 states across Nigeria.
Ortom, according to The Sun, said that if ranching laws are not established by the federal government, the farmers-herders crisis will reach every doorstep in Nigeria.
He added that resultantly, food security will be negatively affected leading to serious famine throughout the nation.
“At least, 24 out of 36 States of Nigeria now have serious farmers and herdsmen crisis involving killings. Without ranching laws, herdsmen may soon be at every doorstep and that this will compromise farming and food security across the country.
“Herdsmen attacks on farmers will only end when open grazing is completely eliminated. Many countries in the world including those in Africa have embraced ranching."
Ortom admitted that no one has an explanation for the rising rate of kidnapping in the country but that from unconfirmed reports made available to him, the criminals were brought into the country by some evil-minded and over-ambitious politicians who desperately want to win elections.
“The rise in kidnappings of all categories of people across the country is a dangerous trend. We don’t know who is telling the truth.
"But as it stands, there is a strong allegation that desperate politicians brought into the country foreign mercenaries to help them win elections.”
Magashi made this disclosure on Thursday, April 14, during his visit to Governor Samuel Ortom in Makurdi, the state capital.