- Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has raised concerns over the violence by criminal herdsmen
- The Ondo state governor called on the Buhari government to take strong action over the issue
- Akeredolu blames violent herdsmen for some of the crimes that occur in Ondo forests
The Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to openly condemn acts of violence by criminal herdsmen.
According to The Nation, Akeredolu made the statement on Monday, February 15, during an interview on Channels TV.
“What we expect from Mr. President is for him to come out and let Nigerians know that he does not support criminality. He once said, if you find anybody with arms without a license, they should be arrested.''
The governor asked security agencies to do their best in preventing criminality by erring herdsmen.
He explained that his administration discovered that some herdsmen were using the forest reserve in the state to perpetrate crimes.
Akeredolu also stated that Sunday Adeyemi also known as Igboho, who championed activism against herdsmen, became prominent because of certain circumstances.
He called for the situations that led to Igboho’s interventions in security issues to be examined.
The Ondo governor noted that he does not support illegality and people taking laws into their hands, noting that that is why he has been advocating for people in the southwest to shun violence or jungle justice.
Meanwhile, in a solidified effort to tackle and finally curb the ceaseless farmer-herder crisis in Ogun state, Governor Dapo Abiodun-led government on Monday, February 15, facilitated a town hall meeting with necessary stakeholders.
The meeting, which was attended by top government officials and representatives of the security agencies, was a confidence-building mission channelled towards lasting peace.
Represented by his commissioner of local government and chieftaincy affairs, Afolabi Afuape, Governor Abiodun urged all the aggrieved parties to bury their hatchets and embrace peace.
In another news, the Bauchi state government has put forward an explanation on the statement of Governor Bala Mohammed justifying Fulani herders carrying AK-47 for self-defence.
In a statement on Sunday, February 14, Muktar Gidado, a senior special assistant on media, said the comment of the principal was misunderstood, The Punch reports.
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