Herdsmen: Ondo govt defiant, sends message to Buhari

Herdsmen: Ondo govt defiant, sends message to Buhari

- The misunderstanding between the Ondo state government and the presidency over the quit notice given to herdsmen is not yet over

- The state government has given a reaction to the presidency's warning on the ultimatum

- A media aide to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Jimoh Dojumo, said the presidency's position is due to its ignorance of the security situation in the state

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The Ondo state government is serious about sending all herdsmen out of its forest reserves despite the presidency's position on the issue.

Reacting to the presidency's position that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu cannot unilaterally oust herders from the state, Jimoh Dojumo, a media aide, said there is ignorance on the part of the leadership concerning the rate of insecurity in Ondo, Premium Times reports.

In his conversation with journalists on Wednesday, January 20, Dojumo said the ultimatum given to the cattle rearers was the last option by the state when the menace of kidnapping, killing and violent crimes became unbearable.

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Herdsmen: Ondo govt defiant, sends message to Buhari
The Ondo government said the presidency is not fully aware of the situation of security in the state (Photo: @MBuhari)
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Dojumo went on to state that the government even met with the leadership of the herdsmen on how to curb the injurious activities of their members.

He went on to note that the state and its people voted for President Muhammadu Buhari for the protection of lives and not otherwise.

His words:

“I want to believe that President Muhammadu Buhari is not in the picture of what is happening here because if he knew the clear picture of what is happening in Ondo State, there won’t be any negative reaction.
“We voted for him before he became the president and he is there to protect us not to destroy us.

Earlier, the presidency had stepped in to make some clarifications a day after Akeredolu gave an ultimatum to herdsmen in Ondo to vacate the state's forest reserve.

Speaking on behalf of the presidency, a senior special assistant to President 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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