“We are aware of their plan to use state funds to sponsor advertorials in national dailies purporting that Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) congratulates Hon. Emmanuel Jime over his emergence as the Benue governorship flagbearer under the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“This, like their previous and similar efforts, is aimed at linking the person and candidature of Hon. Jime to a herdsmen ethno-cultural organisation to create an illusion that he has an affinity to the organisation and is taking sides with them in the perennial impasse between herdsmen and farmers in the state, in order to discredit him before the Benue electorate in next year’s election.
“Just recently, they embarked on a failed attempt to label Hon. Jime’s mother a Fulani woman. This unfounded allegation has fallen like a pack of cards as Hon. Jime’s mother was well known and has no genealogical links with Fulani ethnicity. His mother, Mrs Usase Jime Tsav was the daughter of Amange from Mbabai council ward of Guma local government area and of full Tiv blood, with no disrespect to other ethnicities.
“The public is hereby alerted to be vigilant and aware of such gimmicks being employed by these people who don’t mean well for the State and its future; people who are making every effort to gain political mileage from this unfortunate circumstance that has claimed the lives of our people.
“Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Jime is committed to bringing a permanent end to the suffering of the people occasioned by herdsmen-farmers clashes. This he began since 2011 when he raised a motion on the floor of the House of representatives putting forward ranching as the panacea to this problem.
“This he will continue, when elected as Governor through strengthening the provisions of the existing open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law to ensure the safety of every life and property in the State.”
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