- Governor Seyi Makinde has reacted to the alleged ultimatum given to herders in Oyo state
- The Oyo state governor urged individuals and groups to desist from forcefully ejecting anyone
- Makinde also warned that those who fail to obey the directive will face the full wrath of the law
Following the alleged ultimatum given to herders in Oyo state by Chief Sunday Adeyemo, a popular Oke Ogun resident, Governor Seyi Makinde has faulted the move.
In a report by The Nation, Makinde explained that no one has the right to ask anyone else to leave any part of the country.
According to the governor, the common enemy of the people are hoodlums, cultists, armed robbers, kidnappers, and bandits not herders looking for pasture for their flock.
The governor made his position known in a statewide broadcast on Wednesday, January 20, adding that those trying to forcefully remove anyone from Oyo state should desist from taking such actions.
While promising to uphold the provisions of the constitution, Makinde stated that anybody who fails to abide by the directive will face the full wrath of the law.
He ordered officers of the security agencies and all local government, local council development area chairpersons to work with the traditional rulers and to ensure that peace across the 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.
According to the governor, security reports had indicated that some bad elements masquerading as herdsmen were behind the cases of abductions reported in Ondo.
However, the presidency stepped in to make some clarifications a day after Akeredolu gave the ultimatum to herdsmen in Ondo state.
Speaking on behalf of the presidency, a senior special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said that apart from the fact that the position of the state government goes against Nigeria's constitution, it can set certain things in motion.
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