- Amid the brewing tension generated by quit notice issued to unregistered herdsmen in Ondo, Nigerians governors are meeting with the herders association, Miyetti Allah
- Fayemi who is the chairman of the governors' forum clarified Governor Akeredolu's directive, saying the Ondo governor did not ask herdsmen to leave the state
- The Ekiti state governor said he and his colleagues in the southwest are going after criminals to make the region peaceful, not after the Fulani herdsmen
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state and other members of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) are meeting with members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.
The Punch reports that the meeting borders on the vacation order issued by the Ondo state governor to unregistered herdsmen.
Legit.ng gathers that some of the governors present in the meeting include those from Ondo, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, and Jigawa, and Kebbi states.
In his opening remarks, the chairman of the forum and governor of Ekiti state, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said the meeting was called to resolve the issue of insecurity in the southwest.
Fayemi also explained that Governor Akeredolu's directive to the herdsmen in Ondo state was misconstrued on social media.
According to the Ekiti state governor, Akeredolu did not order Fulani herdsmen to leave Ondo State.
“Many members of MACBAN were born in the southwest. So, Akeredolu cannot ask Fulani to vacate Ondo state. The area concerned is the forest reserves and it is about registration and also to work in line with the law.
“What we are after is the criminals, not Fulani herdsmen, criminals are criminals irrespective of their ethnic group.”
In a related development, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the immediate former president of the Senate, has spoken on the brewing herdsmen-farmers crises in Oyo and Ondo states.
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The former Kwara governor said he is concerned with the development in the states in which quit notices were given to Fulani herders and the property of some herdsmen in some parts of Oyo state were subsequently burnt.
He made a passionate appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to take important measures that will reassure Nigerians he is working on addressing the crisis.