- Undocumented herdsmen must vacate Ondo state forest reserve, the government has insisted
- According to the state information commissioner, presidential aide, Garba Shehu is wrong to be supporting criminals
- The state also accused Shehu of releasing statement without the knowledge of President Buhari
The Ondo government is not backing down its seven-day vacation order to herdsmen to leave the forest reserves in the state.
According to the state commissioner for information and orientation, Donald Ojogo, in reaction to a statement by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, the state government is resolute in its directive.
Ojogo also alleged that the statement by Shehu was not endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari, The Punch reports.
Going further, he insisted that the presidential aide has some explanation to make. He said Shehu has no reason to take up the fight of criminal elements who masquerade as herdsmen.
“One thing is certain, President Muhammadu Buhari by his antecedents, by his nationalistic posture and by his patriotism that he is known for, may not have directed that statement. I am almost persuaded to think that Garba Shehu didn’t issue that statement because that would have been a very dangerous one for the unity of this country. I am waiting to confirm and if it is true, then, he may have miscommunicated properly to the people of Nigeria.”
Recall that Legit.ng reported that Akeredolu gave herdsmen 7 days ultimatum to quit all forest reserves in Ondo state. Akeredolu issued the ultimatum on Monday, January 18, in a thread of tweets.
He said the decision was taken to address the root causes of kidnappings and other crimes in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Afenifere backed the order by 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.
Afenifere in a statement through its spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, criticised the presidency for opposing Akeredolu’s order.
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