I’ll reconcile herdsmen, farmers in Benue –Biem

Former Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Internal Affairs and Special Services, and governorship aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Hingah Biem, has said he would adopt security strategies that would sustain the ongoing reconciliation between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Benue State if elected as governor in the 2015 poll.

Biem, a former Director General, Information and Culture under later Governor Moses Adasu, was among the four governorship aspirants endorsed by the MINDA Tiv Traditional Councils. Those screened and selected by the monarchs were: Biem (Gwer), Samuel Ortom (Guma), Terhemen Tarzoor (Makurdi), and Felix Atume (Gwer West) local government areas, the political bloc warming up to govern the state.

Addressing journalists and thousands of his supporters shortly after purchasing the expression interest and nomination forms at the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja, Biem said his quest to govern Benue was in response to calls by people from various segments of the state to sustain the transformation drive of the current administration.

Biem,a veteran journalist said the Zone C Idomas equally have the legitimate rights to contest the governorship, adding that he is not against their aspiration and agitation to govern the state but his component within Tiv is also deprived.

He said if elected, his administration will open up land development scheme, stressing that farmers will be encouraged to form cooperative groups for establishment of small industries for finished products. he said: “Benue State as Food Basket of the nation, we need to encourage our farmers to concentrate on certain crops that will give value to agriculture. The state will lead the country in the way of generating revenue without relying on oil.

“My intention to contest is not based on personal ambition but rather in consideration of the interest of majority of people in the state. 32 years’ experience has sufficiently prepared me for leadership in the state, because I know the problems of our people.

“I have the capacity if given the opportunity toprovide for the Benue people.”

He maintained that if given the mandate, he would provide security of life and property, especially as it relates to Fulani herdsmen and Benue farmers for permanent reconciliation, adding: “The invasion of the state by Fulani herdsmen was very unfortunate, but Governor Gabriel Suswam has sufficiently addressed the issue and now there is relatively peace in the state. As I speak to you now, herdsmen are back in Benue and living side by side with our farmers. Series of meetings have being held between herdsmen and farmers. We will provide security so that herdsmen and farmers will continue to live in peace with one another”

Earlier, National Organising Secretary of the PDP, Malam Abubakar Mustapha, said the party would provide level playing field for aspirants seeking to fly its banner in the 2015 polls.

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