- Governor Kayode Fayemi is clarifying Akeredolu's directive amid the brewing tension generated by a quit notice issued to herdsmen in Ondo
- According to Fayemi, contrary to reports making the rounds, the governor of Ondo did not give herdsmen any ultimatum
-The governor added that he and his colleagues in the southwest are interested in checking criminality
A report by ThisDay indicates that the governor of Ekiti state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said no eviction notice was issued against any Fulani herdsman or any Nigerian living in Ondo state or any part of the southwest region.
Fayemi made the clarification amid reports of an ultimatum given to the Fulanis by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. This followed the meeting held by governors of the southwest states and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN).
The chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) made the disclosure on Monday, January 25, during an interview on Arise News.
He described reports making the rounds that Fulani herdsmen were given eviction notice as mischievous.
The governor also urged Nigerians to refrain from ethnic profiling and focus on insecurity and how to tackle it.
According to him, southwest governors are interested in checking criminality in whatever form it comes and not an eviction.
He went on to note that the ultimatum issued by Akeredolu was focused on all illegal occupants of the forests reserves in the state and not an eviction notice given to Fulani herdsmen living in Ondo.
Governor Akeredolu and other members of the NGF had met with members of the Miyetti Allah.
The meeting had to do with quit notice issued by the Ondo state governor to herdsmen to vacate all forest reserves in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Alhaji Kirowa Ardo Zuru, president of Miyetti Allah in the southwest, called for cooperation and harmony between the locals and the cattle rearers in the region.
Speaking during a meeting between the leaders of the group and the southwest governors which was held in Akure, Ondo state's capital on Monday, January 25, Zuru said there is an age-long relationship between the southwest and the Fulani herders.
He noted that it is in the southwest that the herders are making huge profits out of their cattle-rearing business because Yoruba people enjoy partying and ceremonies.