By Jimin Geoffrey
The national leadership of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, has described the enactment of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law by the Ortom-led administration in Benue as a liberation of the country from herdsmen attacks.
The group also described Governor Samuel Ortom as the champion of the liberation.
National Deputy President of PFN, Bishop Francis Oke made the characterization today when he led state and national executive committee members of the fellowship for a courtesy call on the Governor at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi.
He said it was unacceptable for a section of the country to treat others as conquered territory, stressing that Fulani herdsmen would not be allowed to advance their business of cattle rearing with the blood of Nigerians.
Bishop Oke said the church considers political restructuring of Nigeria as a necessity, stressing that as spiritual fathers, they needed to lend their voice to that effect.
He stated that it was strange for a guest to dictate to his host what happens in his territory, noting that the herdsmen must obey the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017 enacted by Benue State Government.
While assuring the Governor of the support of the church for ranching championed the fellowship called on Christians all over the country to register and vote for candidates that would prioritise security for lives and property in the next general election.
He commended the Governor for reconciling all members of the state chapter of PFN, saying his intervention had engendered peace among members.
Governor Ortom acknowledged the efficacy of prayers from the church against the invasion and occupation of the land, describing the crisis as a spiritual battle that required spiritual strategy to surmount.
He noted that Benue had exercised its constitutional responsibilities of making laws for good governance, stressing that the ranching law was beneficial to both farmers and herders as it prohibits destruction of crops and cattle rustling.
The Governor expressed appreciation to the leadership of PFN for their support to the displaced persons and expressed hope that their visit and that of the President on Monday would herald the end of attacks on Benue communities.