Ondo forests: Afenifere backs Governor Akeredolu’s quit notice to herdsmen

Ondo forests: Afenifere backs Governor Akeredolu’s quit notice to herdsmen

- Afenifere has reacted to the quit notice issued by the Ondo state government to herdsmen residing in Ondo forest reserves

- The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation justified the actions of the Ondo government

- The group disagreed with the presidency over the activities of herdsmen

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Afenifere has backed the order by Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, mandating herdsmen to vacate the forest reserves in the state.

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation called on governors in the southwest region to stand with the Ondo state governor on the issue, The Tribune reported.

Ondo Forests: Afenifere backs Governor Akeredolu’s quit notice to herdsmen
Akeredolu’s vacation order to herdsmen has generated huge reactions across the country. Photo: Rotimi Akeredolu Aketi
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Afenifere in a statement through its spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, criticised the presidency for opposing Akeredolu’s order.

Odumakin accused the federal government of backing the activities of herdsmen to the detriment of other tribes in Nigeria.

He said:

“The lives of our people and other non-Fulani communities are daily being taken by local and foreign Fulani bandits without any sign that these lives matter to the government with its desire to shield the Fulani from th The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation stated that “We agree with the Ondo State Government that the insensibility of Garba Shehu violates the corporate existence of Nigeria. "

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The Afenifere spokesperson alleged that Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson has been opposed to the formation of Amotekun, a security outfit in the southwest states.

He said it is irresponsible for the federal government will continue to fold its arms while bandits wreak havoc on communities.

Meanwhile, the Ondo state government has accused the presidency of reacting wrongly to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s order asking herdsmen to vacate Ondo forest reserves.

According to The Punch, the commissioner for information and orientation, Donald Ojogo said a statement by Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson criticising the governor’s order was misplaced.

He pointed out that the Ondo government did not ask Fulani to leave the state, clarifying that the governor only asked herdsmen who are unregistered to vacate the forests.

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