Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, has condemned the position of Senator Jonah Jang, on grazing reserve, saying the former governor is suffering from post- election trauma.
Even as the former Governor Jang representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, has accused Lalong of playing politics with the controversial issue capable of igniting fresh crisis in the state.
According to a statement signed by the Director of Press Affairs, Mr Emmanuel Nanle, the governor accused Jang of fanning the ember of discord, adding that grazing reserve and ranches are options that were entirely within the purview of the customary land owners and local government.
The governor said that the administration had not at any time acquired any land in any locality for the purpose of ceding land to any group.
To address the issue, the governor said the administration had established 14 MSN committee under the chairmanship of Professor Ochapa Onazi, to look into the issue of constant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the state.
However, Jang has rejected grazing reserve policy, describing it as anti-people.
In the statement signed by Mr Clinton Garuba, an aide to Jang, the senator said, “For the Federal Government which owns no cattle, to connive with willing state governors to impose a grazing reserve policy on helpless citizens who have suffered the brunt of rampaging herdsmen in recent past, is not only an abuse of their rights but an assault on their already battered psyche; and this must be vehemently resisted.”
Jang said his position on grazing reserve policy remains the same both on the floor of the senate and at any other forum that Plateau people have no land to cede to the Federal Government or any group for grazing.
He bemoaned Lalong for trying “to play politics with issues that affect the very fabric which defines the heritage of the people, their culture and their land”, adding that if the people wanted it, it would not have been generating heated controversy in the state.
In a related development, a group of clergymen “Berom Ministers Forum (BEMFO)”, on Monday, declared a day fasting and prayer on the controversy surrounding grazing reserve in the state for God to intervene.
The president of the forum, Reverend Jonah Nash, said the prayer is necessary to foster unity among the people of the state.

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