Governors’ forum clarifies vacation order given to Ondo herdsmen by Akeredolu
NEWS DIGEST – The Nigeria Governors’ Forum believes Governor Rotimi Akeredolu was misconstrued on the vacation order he gave last Wednesday to herdsmen in the state.
The NGF said this was made possible through the media particularly, social media.
Governor Akeredolu, in his proclamation last Wednesday, urged those involved in cattle-rearing businesses in the state to register with appropriate authorities within a week or risk been vacated from the state.
Governor Akeredolu’s outrage had also taken aim at herdsmen who made use of the state’s forest reserve, especially to perpetrate crime.
In a meeting called on Monday to give logical solutions to the herders’ crisis in the South-West, Chairman of the NGF, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said Akeredolu had not ordered the Fulani to exit Ondo State, against what he had been purported to have said.
The meeting, which held in Akure between representatives of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders association of Nigeria and members of the Nigeria Governors Forum, had the governors of Ondo, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, Jigawa and Kebbi states in attendance, according to the Punch.
Dr Fayemi, who is also governor of Ekiti State, said the misconstrued words of Governor Akeredolu by Nigerians contributed to the development in Oyo state.
“Many members of MACBAN were born in the South-West. So, Akeredolu cannot ask Fulani to vacate Ondo State.”
Governor Fayemi noted that the area of concern had been the forest reserves in the state and the Fulani had not worked in line with the law.
“What we are after is the criminals, not Fulani herdsmen, criminals are criminals irrespective of ethnic group,” Fayemi added.