- Governor Nasir El-Rufai has opened up on the crisis generated by the quit notice given to herders in Oyo and Ondo states
- El-Rufai kicked against the eviction saying every Nigerian has the right to live in peace
- Oyo and Ondo have recently been in the eye of the storm over moves to check the activities of herdsmen in the respective states
The governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai has reacted to the calls for herdsmen to be evicted in some parts of the country.
According to him, every Nigerian has the constitutional right to live wherever they chose to, The Punch reports.
El-Rufai made this known in a state broadcast on Wednesday, February 3, following the recent eviction notice issued to herdsmen in some parts of the southwest region.
The Kaduna governor called on his colleagues to avoid anarchy, uphold the rule of law as well as the right of citizens to reside wherever they choose to live or work.
While appealing to his counterparts to condemn the attacks, El-Rufai stated that they should also order the arrest of host citizens who issue eviction notices to people of other tribes.
He went on to note that indigenes of other states had reached out to him to lament the hostilities of their host communities in recent times.
Nigerian governors not interested in eviction, Fayemi declares
Earlier, Legit.ng reported 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.
Herdsmen crisis: Buhari backs Akeredolu
In a related development, President Muhammad Buhari has backed Governor Akeredolu over his fight against killer herdsmen in Ondo state.
Specifically, Buhari asked Akeredolu to flush out all the criminals in his state, especially the forest reserves. This was disclosed by Donald Ojogo, commissioner of information in Ondo state.
Ojogo said the state governor also used the opportunity to let the president know the true state of things in the state especially on the issue of the quit notice issued to herdsmen in the state.