Akeredolu's directive to herdsmen: Ondo monarchs reveal their position, send message to Buhari

Akeredolu's directive to herdsmen: Ondo monarchs reveal their position, send message to Buhari

- Ondo monarchs have declared their support for Governor Akeredolu as he takes a bold step to address the security challenges in the state

- Akeredolu had directed unregistered herdsmen in the state to vacate the forest reserves, a directive which the presidency kicked against

- The traditional rulers also sent a message to President Buhari to be fair to all and caution his aides

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The Ondo State Council of Obas has supported Governor Rotimi Akeredolu over his directive asking unregistered herdsmen to vacate all the forest reserves in the state.

The Punch reports that the monarchs also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to caution his aides over their comments.

Legit.ng gathers that the traditional rulers made their position known in a statement issued after their meeting on Thursday, January 21.

Akeredolu's directive to herdsmen: Ondo monarchs reveal their position
Ondo monarchs support Akeredolu's directive to herdsmen, asks President Buhari to caution his aides. Photo credits: Femi Adesina, Rotimi Akeredolu Aketi
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The traditional rulers also called on President Buhari to show that he is a father of all irrespective of ethnic affiliation.

They also called on other southwest governors and other political stakeholders to use constitutional means to stop the criminals hiding under the guise of herdsmen.

Nigerians react

Omowumi Margaret Falola commented on Facebook:

"Presidency must be reminded Borno farmers enter their individual farms by clearance from govt. so why castigating Ondo state?"

Olatunde Olalekan said:

"This is federalism! Every governor has the right to promulgate laws"

Tukur Garba Magaji said:

"We in the north back presidency for the unity of this country."

James Sparrow said:

"Ondo governor will lose his election as the governor"

Sola O. Sola said:

"When you hear presidency or FG, just think of the cabal- there are more than one cabal who compete within the gvt space at all levels"

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Meanwhile, the Ondo government is not backing down from 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 Buhari.

In another report, a former Nigerian federal lawmaker, Shehu Sani, has reacted to the Ondo state government's decision to oust all unregistered herdsmen in its forests.

In a statement addressing the issue, Sani said he recognised the fact that the state has had to deal with threats of terrorism within its borders from some insurgents.

However, the former senator called on Akeredolu not to punish the multitude of herdsmen for the sins of a few persons who share a similar ethnic background.

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