Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has insisted that Governor Rotimi Akaredolu was misconstrued by Nigerians, most especially the media on the issue of quit Notice given to the herdsmen in Ondo State.
He noted that the Governor did not ask the Fulani herdsmen to live the state.
Fayemi made this clarification during the meeting between members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and some Governors
Akeredolu had given a seven-day ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen to leave Ondo forest reserves following the high rate of insecurity in the state.
Speaking during the conference, Fayemi explained that the fiat given by Akeredolu was misquoted
“Many members of MACBAN were born in the South-West. 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,” Fayemi said.
“What we are after is the criminals, not Fulani herdsmen, criminals are criminals irrespective of their ethnic group.”
Some of the governors who attended include Ekiti, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Kebbi and Jigawa States