Insecurity: Presidency Frowns at Ondo Quit Notice to Herders

The Presidency has expressed reservations over the recent Ondo State Government’s decision asking herdsmen to vacate the forests in the state within seven days or face the consequences.

It would be recalled that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, on December 18, gave herdsmen seven days ultimatum to quit all forest reserves in Ondo.

Akeredolu, who expressed displeasure over criminal activities being carried out by people pretending to be cattle grazers, said the decision was part of measures to address the root causes of kidnappings and other crimes in the state.

However, a statement in Abuja on Tuesday by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s spokesman, called on Ondo State Government and Fulani communities to continue to engage in dialogue with a view to finding an end to security challenges in the state.

The statement read in part: ”The Presidency has been keenly monitoring events occurring in Ondo State and the “orders” by the government of the state, “asking herders to vacate the forests in seven days.”

”What is clearly emerging, is a lack of consistency in messaging, which in turn, leads to various contradictions regarding accuracy and the intent behind the message.

”There is little to be said other than to call for restraint on both sides and urge the state government and the leadership of the Fulani communities to continue their dialogue for a good understanding that will bring to an urgent end, the nightmarish security challenges facing the state.

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