- The recent order by Governor Akeredolu for herdsmen to leave Ondo state is still courting controversies
- Lates to lend his voice to the issue is Gani Adams who is on the side of the Ondo government
- Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, had earlier faulted Akeredolu's move, saying he cannot singlehandedly take such a decision
- However, the prominent Yoruba chief explained that the Ondo state governor has the right to give quit orders
Iba Gani Adams, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, has revealed his position on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu's ultimatum asking herdsmen to vacate Ondo state forest reserves.
Adams stood his ground that the state has constitutional rights to give quit notice to illegal residents, The Punch reports.
The Yoruba leader stated this in reaction to the presidency's statement where Mallam Garba Shehu faulted Akeredolu, adding that he should not act outside his constitutional powers.
This was contained in a statement by his special assistant on media, Kehinde Aderemi.
Legit.ng recalls that Akeredolu had on Monday, January 18, given herdsmen a 7-day ultimatum to quit all forest reserves in Ondo state.
Adams explained the reason the state government took its decision was that the presidency failed to address Nigeria's security situation.
According to him, the presidency is apparently not aware of what forest reserves mean. He went on to explain that the area is not accessible except by authorised personnel.
The Yoruba leader added that aside from the forest reserves meaning a haven of safety for protected animals against poachers, it is a place for valued cash trees.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Ondo government was not backing down on 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, the statement by presidential ade, Shehu was not endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a related development, a former Nigerian federal lawmaker, Shehu Sani, spoke in all fairness in reaction to the plan by the Ondo state government to oust all herdsmen in its territory.
In a statement addressing the issue, Sani recognised the fact that the state has had to deal with threats of terrorism within its borders from some insurgents.
Similarly, Afenifere has backed the order by Ondo state governor 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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