Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong has apologised to his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom over comments that he warned him against implementing the anti – grazing law.
Recall that speaking to State House correspondents last week, Lalong said he told Ortom to put some measures in place before implementing the law.
In his reaction, when addressing a delegation of the Arewa Consultative Forum on Friday at his office in Makurdi, the Benue governor said he was pained by the comments and consequently called Lalong who denied making such statement.
“Somebody drew my attention yesterday (Thursday) that he (Lalong) made such comments that he warned me not to implement the law and I was wondering if my colleague from Plateau State could say that; so I called him and he told me he did not say it,” Ortom said .
However speaking to newsmen in Abuja during the weekend, Lalong apologised for his comments noting that it was misconceived and misinterpreted.
While extending his condolences to the governor and people of Benue State, Lalong added that he has great respect for human lives and unity of the middle belt.
He said, “The essence of this meeting is to once extend our condolences to the people of benue state, over this great loss .
“My prayer is that God will continue to give them and every Nigerian the fortitude to bear this great loss
“I must say that, I humbly apologise for my comment, because I have seen that it was really misconceived and misinterpreted, that generated a lot of media write ups, here and there.
“So I apologize because either argument for and against, doesn’t it help the matter because it involves loss of lives and I have great respect for loss of lives and unity of the middle belt. I do not want to say plateau is fighting benue state.
“We are all brothers and sisters benue was created out of plateau as well as Nasarawa so we still remain brothers and sisters with benue.
“So once again I pray God give them the fortitude and grant the departed souls eternal rest.
“I thank all those who are for and against and to let them know that There is need for all Nigerians to join hands to ensure that we work towards the resolution of the matter and to ensure we find peace not only in benue but in Nigeria,” he added.
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